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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.


Clarence has 11 variant forms: Claran, Clarance, Clarens, Claron, Clarons, Claronz, Clarrance, Clarrence, Clarrie, Klarance and Klarenz.

For more information, 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 surname or last name for all people (#41104 out of 88799, Top 46%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Clarence for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Clarence name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clarence outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Clarence and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Clarance, Clare and Clarence. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Clarance, Clare, Clarence in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Clarence and related baby names outside U.S.