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Gender: M Meaning of Clarence: "bright" Origin of Clarence: Latin

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The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming climate.

An English peerage title, Clarence enjoyed great popularity at the turn of the last century, reaching as high as Number 18 in 1900, and staying on the list until 2010. It has two prominent legal bearers--Clarence Darrow, defense attorney at the Scopes Trial, and current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. We can thank Clarence Birdseye for the invention of frozen food. Aretha Franklin and Louis Armstrong both named their sons Clarence.

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Famous People Named Clarence

Clarence Charles "Ducky" Nash, American voice actor of Donald Duck
Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court justice
Clarence "Clancy' Brown, American actor
Clarence Darnell Gilyard, Jr., American actor
Clarence Anicholas Clemons, American saxophonist (E Street Band)
Clarence Seward Darrow, American trial lawyer
Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, American physician, father of novelist Ernest Hemingway
Clarence 13X (born Clarence Edward Smith), American Islamic leader
Clarence Clyde Seedorf, Dutch footballer
Clarence Lester "Biggie" Munn, American college football coach

Pop Culture References for the Name Clarence

Clarence Oddbody, angel in movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
Clarence, character in the game Penumbra: Black Plague
Clarence Boddicker, character in movie "Robocop"
"Clarence," animated series and main character
Clarence Threepwood, Earl of Emsworth, character in P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Series

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