Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. /ˈtɛɹ.əns/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From the Roman family name Terentius, which is of unknown meaning. Famous bearers include Publius Terentius Afer, a Roman playwright, and Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar. It was also borne by several early saints. The name was used in Ireland as an Anglicized form of Toirdhealbhach, but it was not found as an English name until the late 19th century. It attained only a moderate level of popularity in the 20th century, though it has been common as an African-American name especially since the 1970s.

Related Names

DiminutivesTerry(English) Tel(English (British))
Other Languages & CulturesTerentius(Ancient Roman) Tero(Finnish) Terenti(Georgian) Terenzio(Italian) Terenti, Terentiy(Russian)
User SubmissionTérence


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   serious  

Name Days

France: July 21 (as Térence)


Entry updated January 21, 2022