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Clarence Name Meaning

English: apparently from the name of the royal dukedom created in 1362 for Lionel the third son of Edward III who had married the heiress of the estate of Clare in Suffolk. It is a conventional rendering in French of the placename used in parallel with its conventional name in Latin Clarentia. These names are originally those of a similarly named city founded in the 13th century by the Norman Villehardouin dynasty in the Peloponnese Greece whose site is now called Glarentza and its application to Clare in Suffolk is a kind of toponymic pun. Formally the name is a parallel based on clarus ‘brilliant illustrious’ for other auspicious Latin names like Florentia as if ‘flourishing (place)’ and Valentia as if ‘strong healthy (place)’. The surname may simply have originated as a French habitational name for someone from Clare but playing on the ducal title or possibly for a man in one of the early dukes' service. French: variant of Clarens a habitational name from a place so named (Hautes-Pyrénées Gers).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Lawrence, Clare, Florence, Lance, Clemence, Laurence, Carne, Claridge

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You can see how Clarence families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clarence family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Clarence families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 43 Clarence families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Clarence's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Clarence families in 1891.
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What did your Clarence ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Clarence. 60% of Clarence men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Clarence women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clarence were House Decorator and Unpaid Domestic. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    60%
  • House Decorator
    40%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Private Means
    11%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    7%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
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Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Clarence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Clarence in 1962 was 78, and 75 in 2003.

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