Meaning and Origin of Clarence - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Clarence

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Latin : Clear

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : Clarence was the name of a dukedom created in 1362 for Lionel, third son of Edward III, whose wife was the heiress of Clare in Suffolk. How the name came to be adopted as a surname is uncertain, but it is recorded in 1453; its use as a personal name is not attested until the late 19th century.