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What does Clarence mean?

Clarence Pronunciation of Clarence 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH river, duke (noble), 19th century


VARIANTS Claran, Clarance, Clarens, Claron, Clarons, Claronz, Clarrance, Clarrence, Clarrie, Clarry, Klarance, Klarenz

SEE ALSO Darence




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How popular is Clarence?

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 (#54152 out of 150436, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Clarence reached its apex rank of #17 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is at #1116 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Clarence (#1116 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) listed in the Top 2000 are Clarance and Clare. These forms of Clarence were favored as baby names in the 1900s (AVERAGE #395) and have become significantly less common since (#1705, 99.1% LESS USAGE), with versions like Clarence falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Clarence, Clarance, Clare in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Blakenie (see Blakeney), Cace, Caden, Caine, Cairne, Callice, Camren, Canice, Cardelle, Carden, Carel, Carewe, Carlowe (see Carlow), Carlyle, Carmen, Carmine, Carne, Carsen, Cayce, Chance, Chane, Chanse, Charlie, Chaunce, Chauncey, Chauncy, Chawncey (see Chauncey), Chayce, Chayne, Cheyenne, Claes, Claire, Clancey, Clancy, Claney, Clarke, Claro, Cleeve, Clemencio, Clemens, Clemente, Cloyce, Coltrane, Coree (see Corey), Craine, Crane, Craven, Crayne, Crewe, Darrance, Darrence, Dorrance, Lance, Larance, Larrence, Launce, Laurance, Laurence, Lawrence, Lorance, Lorence, Lorrence, Markeece, Maxence, Rance, Spence, Tarrance, Tarrence, Terence, Terrence, Terronce (see Terence), Torence, Torrence, Vance and Yance. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clarence.

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