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The name Clarence became popular around the end of the 19th century, and was the 17th most popular name for a boy in 1900. I think it came from the title used by one of Queen Victoria's sons, the Duke of Clarence. My husband's father, born in 1920 has the name, and he was named after his father born in 1898. His father was the first in the family to use the name of Clarence. The name Clarence also rhymes with the name Florence which was an extremely popular name for girls at the end of the 18th century.
floabel  8/14/2005
A famous bearer is Clarence Clemons who played sax in Springsteen's E. Street Band.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
Clarence Oddbody was George Bailey's guardian angel in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life."
breakofday  12/30/2005
This is the masculine variant of the name Clare.
echo_of_the_past  6/11/2006
A famous bearer of this name is Clarence Day, author of 'Life with Father'.
Amanda Frances  6/16/2006
Clarence is the name of Quentin Tarantino's finest character, the "you're SO cool" hero of "True Romance".
yeheshua  5/19/2007
Clarence is the middle name of one of CS Lewis' characters in "Chronicles of Narnia." Eustace Clarence Scrubb.
Atarah Derek  7/14/2007
Clarence Birdseye (b. 9 December 1886 - d. 7 October 1956) was an American inventor who founded the "Birds Eye" frozen food industry in the 1920s.  10/25/2007
Also borne by American laywer and defence attorney Clarence Seward Darrow (b. 18 April 1857 - d. 13 March 1938), who was present in the Leopold and Loeb trial and the John Scopes trial in the 1920s. Darrow was played in various films by Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, and Orson Welles.  10/31/2007
Clarence is a female name in France.
Miss Claire  5/1/2008
Very old-fashioned, elitist, snobby, and rather geeky-sounding on a kid today. Resembles so-called virtue names, and thus has a bit of a feminine feel to it, even though I'd hate this on females.
slight night shiver  5/18/2008
Clarence was the name of the cross-eyed lion in the tv series Daktari which was based on the movie "Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion".
Swiff  7/8/2010
The late 19th century rise in popularity for this name was probably due to Queen Victoria's elder grandson, prince Albert Victor (1864-1892), duke of Clarence and Avondale.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2011
This name always reminds me of Clarence, the blue hand puppet in the old MTV show "Wonder Showzen". "Wonder Showzen" is a show for adults that parodizes children's programming. In his skits, Clarence goes around annoying random people on the street... and in my opinion, it's pretty funny. :) haha.
spaz123  7/10/2012
Clarence Thomas is a Supreme Court Justice.
spaz123  3/23/2013
The name Clarence was given to 190 baby boys born in the US in 2012.0.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Clarence Oveur, the name of the pilot in the movie 'Airplane!'. It sounds like, "clearance, over" which causes confusion in the cockpit.
― Anonymous User  11/9/2013
I really love this name! To me it sounds like an adorable name. I made a character with this name too. I recommend this name, it's really good. It doesn't sound very 'geeky' to me. I don't know why everyone says that..
UltimateTheZekrom  3/21/2015
American actor Lee Van Cleef (1925-89) was born Clarence Leroy Van Cleef.
Just Jonquil  4/13/2015
Clay would make a decent nickname for Clarence.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2015
I adore this name! I know it's old, but I love it and its meaning.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2015
The name Clarence was given to 180 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/20/2016
Clarence William Delgado commonly known and familiar as Clarence, Filipino child actor. He was discovered by Star Circle Quest 2011 where he came out as The Male Winner. He is part of the gag show Goin Bulilit and he's also part of Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes movie entitled Way Back Home.
cutenose  1/29/2017
The New Orleans bluesman, Clarence "Frogman" Henry and singer-songwiter Clarence Carter from Alabama both bear this name. So did the multi-instrumentalist from Texas and Louisiana, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
DHGoldfish  9/23/2017

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