Clarence

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304k
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since 1880
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460
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Clarence

"Clarence" is a name of English origin, and it means "British title". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Clar"ence
A close four-wheeled carriage, with one seat inside, and a seat for the driver.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A closed carriage with four wheels and seats for four passengers
Wiktionary

Originally a ducal title of the English and British royal family, believed to originate from the town of Clare, Suffolk, although it has also been associated with Clarentza in the Principality of Achaea.

  1. A ducal title which has been traditionally awarded to junior members of the English and British royal families
  2. An English surname​.
  3. A male given name.
  4. A placename given to towns in countries settled by the British.
  5. A name given to several rivers, including one in France and others in countries settled by the British.

Notable Persons Named Clarence

Clarence Thomas is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Dist. Clarence was born on June 23rd, 1948 in Pin Point, Georgia.

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Clancy Brown is an actor and voice artist. He has been prominent since 1983. Clancy was given the name Clarence J. Brown III by his parent Bud Brown (politician) on January 5th, 1959 in Urbana, Ohio, U.S.

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Lee Van Cleef was an actor. He was most active from 1952 to 1989. Lee was given the name Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Jr. on January 9th, 1925 in Somerville, New Jersey, United States. He left this life on December 16th, 1989.

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Clarence Seedorf is a soccer player for the AFC Ajax, U.C. Sampdoria, Real Madrid C.F., Inter Milan, A.C. Milan, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, and Netherlands national football team. Clarence was born on April 1st, 1976 in Paramaribo, Suriname.

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Clarence Darrow was a lawyer. Clarence was born on April 18th, 1857 in Kinsman, Ohio. He passed away on March 13th, 1938.

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Clarence Clemons was a musician, actor, and athlete. His career lasted from 1961 to 2011. Clarence was given the name Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. on January 11th, 1942 in Norfolk County, Virginia , United States. He passed away on June 18th, 2011.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Clarence

Philippa of Clarence was royalty. She holds the title Countess of Ulster and Countess of March. Philippa was born as the child of Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, Elizabeth de Burgh, and 4th Countess of Ulster on August 16th, 1355 in Eltham Palace, Kent. She left this life on January 5th, 1382.

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Robert Henry Clarence is a monarch. He holds the title Hereditary Chief of the Miskito Nation and Hereditary Chief of theMiskito Nation. He was most prominent from 1890 to 1894.

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Silvana Suárez is a beauty queen. She holds the title Miss World 1978 and Miss World1978. Silvana was given the name Silvana Rosa Suárez Clarence on September 29th, 1958 in Córdoba, Argentina.

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O. B. Clarence was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1890 to 1890. O. was given the name Oliver Burchett Clarence on March 25th, 1870 in Hampstead. He passed away on October 2nd, 1955.

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William Henry Clarence is a monarch. He holds the title Hereditary Chief of the Miskito and Hereditary Chief of theMiskito. His most notable accomplishments were from 1865 to 1879.

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Juma Clarence is a soccer player for the Morvant Caledonia United, United Petrotrin F.C., Hacettepe S.K., Trinidad, and Tobago national football team. Juma was born on March 17th, 1989.

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How popular is the baby name Clarence in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 737 7 730 #21 boy name
1881 668 0 668 #20 boy name
1882 837 0 837 #20 boy name
1883 837 0 837 #18 boy name
1884 894 5 889 #18 boy name
1885 906 0 906 #17 boy name
1886 995 0 995 #17 boy name
1887 897 5 892 #17 boy name
1888 1,022 0 1,022 #17 boy name
1889 984 0 984 #17 boy name
1890 1,018 0 1,018 #17 boy name
1891 1,007 0 1,007 #17 boy name
1892 1,281 5 1,276 #17 boy name
1893 1,175 6 1,169 #17 boy name
1894 1,193 8 1,185 #17 boy name
1895 1,339 14 1,325 #17 boy name
1896 1,254 0 1,254 #17 boy name
1897 1,201 0 1,201 #17 boy name
1898 1,332 6 1,326 #17 boy name
1899 1,148 9 1,139 #17 boy name
1900 1,494 11 1,483 #18 boy name
1901 1,208 12 1,196 #17 boy name
1902 1,292 0 1,292 #17 boy name
1903 1,267 6 1,261 #17 boy name
1904 1,319 9 1,310 #17 boy name
1905 1,385 8 1,377 #17 boy name
1906 1,333 14 1,319 #18 boy name
1907 1,400 11 1,389 #18 boy name
1908 1,435 7 1,428 #19 boy name
1909 1,518 0 1,518 #19 boy name
1910 1,721 15 1,706 #20 boy name
1911 1,789 15 1,774 #23 boy name
1912 3,605 15 3,590 #21 boy name
1913 4,068 22 4,046 #21 boy name
1914 4,939 30 4,909 #22 boy name
1915 6,293 26 6,267 #24 boy name
1916 6,331 27 6,304 #24 boy name
1917 6,622 36 6,586 #25 boy name
1918 7,228 40 7,188 #23 boy name
1919 6,871 46 6,825 #25 boy name
1920 7,266 44 7,222 #26 boy name
1921 7,367 35 7,332 #28 boy name
1922 6,899 36 6,863 #29 boy name
1923 6,838 35 6,803 #29 boy name
1924 6,941 45 6,896 #29 boy name
1925 6,709 43 6,666 #30 boy name
1926 6,576 38 6,538 #29 boy name
1927 6,496 38 6,458 #32 boy name
1928 6,119 48 6,071 #35 boy name
1929 5,771 43 5,728 #37 boy name
1930 5,537 46 5,491 #39 boy name
1931 5,110 45 5,065 #39 boy name
1932 4,930 37 4,893 #40 boy name
1933 4,304 26 4,278 #43 boy name
1934 4,239 26 4,213 #45 boy name
1935 4,097 18 4,079 #48 boy name
1936 3,788 19 3,769 #52 boy name
1937 3,777 21 3,756 #54 boy name
1938 3,663 26 3,637 #58 boy name
1939 3,499 18 3,481 #60 boy name
1940 3,506 22 3,484 #64 boy name
1941 3,694 23 3,671 #62 boy name
1942 3,757 19 3,738 #67 boy name
1943 3,871 17 3,854 #68 boy name
1944 3,600 22 3,578 #74 boy name
1945 3,213 23 3,190 #82 boy name
1946 3,588 21 3,567 #89 boy name
1947 3,940 18 3,922 #87 boy name
1948 3,809 17 3,792 #87 boy name
1949 3,415 23 3,392 #94 boy name
1950 3,360 17 3,343 #95 boy name
1951 3,249 24 3,225 #98 boy name
1952 3,177 17 3,160
1953 3,098 19 3,079
1954 3,199 17 3,182
1955 3,025 17 3,008
1956 2,967 18 2,949
1957 2,642 14 2,628
1958 2,540 19 2,521
1959 2,396 20 2,376
1960 2,216 16 2,200
1961 2,201 11 2,190
1962 1,969 20 1,949
1963 1,973 12 1,961
1964 1,796 21 1,775
1965 1,816 14 1,802
1966 1,556 23 1,533
1967 1,391 13 1,378
1968 1,399 18 1,381
1969 1,352 13 1,339
1970 1,401 17 1,384
1971 1,389 17 1,372
1972 1,225 10 1,215
1973 1,111 11 1,100
1974 1,019 13 1,006
1975 922 10 912
1976 970 17 953
1977 897 11 886
1978 949 14 935
1979 917 5 912
1980 869 9 860
1981 846 0 846
1982 854 12 842
1983 803 8 795
1984 741 9 732
1985 685 10 675
1986 698 5 693
1987 644 12 632
1988 663 9 654
1989 635 0 635
1990 623 5 618
1991 591 0 591
1992 522 5 517
1993 498 0 498
1994 482 0 482
1995 425 0 425
1996 376 0 376
1997 361 0 361
1998 349 0 349
1999 317 0 317
2000 309 0 309
2001 301 0 301
2002 262 0 262
2003 259 0 259
2004 250 0 250
2005 296 0 296
2006 249 0 249
2007 248 0 248
2008 218 0 218
2009 192 0 192
2010 199 0 199
2011 191 0 191
2012 191 0 191
2013 175 0 175
2014 196 0 196
2015 180 0 180
2016 155 0 155

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Popularity of Clarence as a first name

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Popularity of Clarence as a last name

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Common last names for Clarence

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Nelson
  • Hall
  • Clark
  • Walker

Common first names for Clarence

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Clarence U.S.
  White 42.83% 64.26%
  African American 34.78% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 15.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.26% 16.26%

Of Last Name Clarence

People with the last name Clarence are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Clarence

  • How Popular is the name Clarence? Clarence is the 233rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Clarence was the 46,314th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Clarence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 304,137 babies born with the first name Clarence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Clarence to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Clarence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 737 new born babies.
  • When was Clarence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Clarence is Monday, December 1st, 1862.
  • What year had the most people named Clarence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Clarence was in 1921 with a total of 7,332 babies. That's a lot of babies named Clarence!
  • Random Clarence Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Clarence ranks 34th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 38 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Clarence: Your name in reverse order is Ecneralc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rccnelea. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Clarence? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 460 people with the last name Clarence.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Clarence? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Clarence as their last name since less than 1 person in 625k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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