Clarence Origin and Meaning

The name Clarence is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "bright".

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.

# 983 in the US

Clarence Rank in US Top 1000

# 592 on Nameberry

Clarence Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Clarence

  • Clarence Charles "Ducky" NashAmerican voice actor of Donald Duck
  • Clarence ThomasUnited States Supreme Court justice
  • Clarence "Clancy' BrownAmerican actor
  • Clarence Darnell GilyardJr., American actor
  • Clarence Anicholas ClemonsAmerican saxophonist (E Street Band)
  • Clarence Seward DarrowAmerican trial lawyer
  • Clarence Edmonds HemingwayAmerican physician, father of novelist Ernest Hemingway
  • Clarence 13X (born Clarence Edward Smith)American Islamic leader
  • Clarence Clyde SeedorfDutch footballer
  • Clarence Lester "Biggie" MunnAmerican college football coach
  • Robert Clarence "Bob" IrwinAustralian TV personality and son of the late "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin

Clarence in Pop Culture

  • Clarence Oddbodyangel in movie "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • Clarencecharacter in the game Penumbra: Black Plague
  • Clarence Boddickercharacter in movie "Robocop"
  • "Clarence" animated series and main character
  • Clarence ThreepwoodEarl of Emsworth, character in P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Series