Terence

First Name
34k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Terence

"Terence" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Of unknown meaning". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Dramatist of ancient Rome (born in Greece) whose comedies were based on works by Menander (190?-159 BC)
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Latin Terentius, a Roman family name of obscure origin, borne by a Roman playwright and by early Christian saints.

  • In Ireland it has been used to represent Turlough.
  1. A male given name. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.

Notable Persons Named Terence

Steve McQueen was an actor. He was most active from 1953 to 1974. Steve was given the name Terence Steven McQueen on March 24th, 1930 in Beech Grove, Indiana, United States. He passed away on November 7th, 1980.

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Kevin O'Leary is a businessman, investor, journalist, writer, and television personality. Kevin was given the name Terence Thomas Kevin O'Leary on July 9th, 1954 in Montreal.

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Finn Jones is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Finn was given the name Terence Jones on March 24th, 1988 in England. Finn is also known as Jones and Finn.

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Sir Terry Pratchett was a comic fantasy writer. Terry was given the name Terence David John Pratchett on April 28th, 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on March 12th, 2015.

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Terence Hill is an actor. He was most prominent from 1951 to 1951. Terence was given the name Mario Girotti on March 29th, 1939 in Venice.

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Terence Stamp is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to 1962. Terence was born on July 22nd, 1938 in Stepney, London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Terence

Terence is an athlete for the Laxmi Prasad S.C.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 9 0 9
1887 5 0 5
1888 9 0 9
1904 6 0 6
1906 8 0 8
1911 5 0 5
1912 19 0 19
1913 10 0 10
1914 19 0 19
1915 20 0 20
1916 22 0 22
1917 26 0 26
1918 22 0 22
1919 26 0 26
1920 46 0 46
1921 68 0 68
1922 42 0 42
1923 38 0 38
1924 37 0 37
1925 28 0 28
1926 31 0 31
1927 39 0 39
1928 33 0 33
1929 51 0 51
1930 44 0 44
1931 48 0 48
1932 74 0 74
1933 63 0 63
1934 66 0 66
1935 97 0 97
1936 108 0 108
1937 120 0 120
1938 126 0 126
1939 120 0 120
1940 136 0 136
1941 171 0 171
1942 203 0 203
1943 264 0 264
1944 212 0 212
1945 243 0 243
1946 349 0 349
1947 441 5 436
1948 403 0 403
1949 389 0 389
1950 446 0 446
1951 404 0 404
1952 444 0 444
1953 478 0 478
1954 659 0 659
1955 770 5 765
1956 887 0 887
1957 794 0 794
1958 713 0 713
1959 745 6 739
1960 756 0 756
1961 733 5 728
1962 753 7 746
1963 815 6 809
1964 1,025 10 1,015
1965 768 0 768
1966 815 9 806
1967 773 6 767
1968 793 7 786
1969 629 5 624
1970 600 6 594
1971 546 7 539
1972 537 8 529
1973 502 0 502
1974 492 6 486
1975 490 8 482
1976 421 0 421
1977 425 0 425
1978 415 8 407
1979 380 0 380
1980 396 0 396
1981 412 0 412
1982 486 7 479
1983 524 0 524
1984 554 6 548
1985 561 12 549
1986 511 8 503
1987 490 9 481
1988 602 7 595
1989 579 7 572
1990 482 0 482
1991 425 0 425
1992 437 0 437
1993 357 0 357
1994 343 0 343
1995 289 0 289
1996 247 0 247
1997 172 0 172
1998 204 0 204
1999 223 0 223
2000 202 0 202
2001 164 0 164
2002 148 0 148
2003 177 0 177
2004 136 0 136
2005 122 0 122
2006 138 0 138
2007 146 0 146
2008 130 0 130
2009 129 0 129
2010 143 0 143
2011 127 0 127
2012 135 0 135
2013 116 0 116
2014 111 0 111
2015 101 0 101
2016 96 0 96

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Popularity of Terence as a first name

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Popularity of Terence as a last name

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Common last names for Terence

  • Murphy
  • Smith
  • Mcgovern
  • Obrien
  • Sullivan
  • Reilly
  • Lynch
  • Williams
  • Brady
  • Byrne
  • Anderson

Fun Facts about the name Terence

  • How Popular is the name Terence? Terence is the 1,271st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Terence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 33,919 babies born with the first name Terence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Terence to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Terence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Terence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Terence is Tuesday, August 6th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Terence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Terence was in 1964 with a total of 1,015 babies. That's a lot of babies named Terence!
  • Random Terence Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Terence is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1948.
  • Weird things about the name Terence: Your name in reverse order is Ecneret. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eeentcr. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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