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Meaning and name origin
Clarence \c-laren-ce, cl(a)-re-nce\ as a boy's name is pronounced KLARE-ence. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clarence is "one who lives near the River Clare". From a Celtic river name not connected with the given name Clare. The title "Duke of Clarence" was created for a 14th-century royal prince who married a girl from the Clare family. First used as a given name since the mid-19th century. Author Clarence Day; lawyer Clarence Darrow.
For more information, see also the related boy name Darence.
Clarence is a very popular first name for males (#93 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#41104 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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