Meaning and name origin
Terence \t(e)-ren-ce, ter(e)-nce\ as a boy's 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.
Terence is a very popular first name for males (#449 out of 1220, Top 37%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Terence for boys. Terence reached its highest rank of #295 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Terence and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Terry (#626), Terrance (#688), Terrence (#724) and Terence. (2014 statistics).