What does Terence mean?
Terence /ter-ence/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Terence for boys. Terence entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #295 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Terrance (#688 the previous year), Terrence (#724) and Terry (#626) are the popular varying forms of Terence listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.801%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.2405%, down 70%), with the versions Terence, Terrance, Terrence and Terry becoming less in vogue. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Terence and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)