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What does Terence mean?

Terence Pronunciation of Terence [ter-ence] as a boys' name is pronounced TARE-ence. It is of Latin origin. From Terentius. The name of one of the two great comic poets of ancient Rome, along with Plautus. Terence was famous for the wit and sophistication of his plays. Actor Terence Stamp; playwright Terence McNally; priest Terence Cardinal Cooke.

Associated with: great, ancient (old), famous, plays (literary), priest (monk).


Terence has 15 variants: Tarrance, Tarrants, Tarrence, Tarrenz, Terencio, Terrance, Terrence, Terrey, Terri, Terrious, Terris, Terrius, Terron, Terronce and Terry.

2 feminine forms: Terena and Terra.

Creative forms:
(male) Temence, Terenas, ..

(female) Terenie, Terensa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Terence Trystan (T.T.), ..

How popular is Terence?

Terence is a very popular first name for males (#449 out of 1220, Top 37%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Terence reached its highest rank of #278 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #1586 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terence name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Tarrance, Terrance (#672 from current records), Terrence (#814), Terri, Terron and Terry (#664) are the popular varying forms of Terence (#1586 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Terence reached the peak of their popularity during 1950-1959 (adoption of 0.84%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.06%, 92.9%), with versions such as Terrence becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terence, Tarrance, Terrance, Terrence, Terri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terron, Terry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Terence is pronounced similarly to Torence, Torrance and Torrence. Other recommended names are Clarence, Darence, Darrence, Deroyce, Derrance, Ferenc, Ferench (see Ferenc), Larance, Larrence, Laurence, Lawrence, Lorance, Lorence, Lorrence, Maxence, Merce, Peerce, Perce, Prince, Reece, Spence, Taren, Teeno, Temeni (see Temani), Terach, Teran, Terell, Tern, Teron, Terrelle, Terrie, Teryn, Teven, Tirone, Toren, Trace, Treacy, Trent, Trenten, Tyree, Tyrelle, Tyrone and Tyronne. These names tend to be less commonly used than Terence.