Meaning and Name Origin
Clarence \c-laren-ce, cl(a)-re-nce\ as a boys' 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 on this name, see also the related boy name Darence.
Clarence is a very popular first name for males (#93 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#41104 out of 88799, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Clarence for boys. Clarence reached its apex rank of #17 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Clarence and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Clarence are Clare, Clarance, Claire and Clair. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1890-1899 and have become significantly less popular since, with the versions Clarence, Clare, Clarance and Clair becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)