Clarence Name Meaning & Origin

Clarence

Pronunciation: KLA-rehns (key)

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My grandfather's name is Clarence and my husband and I just love him to pieces. He is 90 and still golfs his age, worked as an electrician in a machine shop until a few years ago, and is an all around loveable and spunky guy. At 90 he still reminds me of a little boy half the time, and I mean that in the most endearing way. For those looking for a nickname to this typically nickname proof name, my grandfather goes by Cal. When my husband and I mentioned we were considering it as a way to honor him (in addition to his endearing qualities his birthday is also our son's due date) many people felt it came off as a nasal-y, unapproachable name. All in all I really love this name because of the warm connection to my grandfather but my husband and I decided we may need to be one more generation removed from the current Clarences out there before the name is revived.

Nicknames for Clarence: | Edit

Clay, Clary, Clancy, Clare, Ren, Larry

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Meanings and history of the name Clarence: | Edit

Anglicization of Latin root meaning illustrious, illuminated.

Famous real-life people named Clarence: | Edit

Clarence Day (1874-1935), author of "Life with Father"
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), lawyer known for part in Scopes trial
Clarence J. "Clancy" Brown III - film, television and voice actor
Clarence "Frogman" Henry, rhythm & blues singer

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Clarence Oddbody is the Angel in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life".

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