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

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Clarence

Clarens, Clarance, Clarrence, Claran, Clarons, Claron, Klarenz, Sinclair, Clare, Klarance, Claronz, Clarrance, Clair


tfzolghadr Says:


Why not shorten it to Ren?

tfzolghadr Says:


I adore this name. If it worked with our surname, I'd totally name my son this. It sounds so pure and cheerful to me.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this - not sure if the popularity of Clare, Claire, Clara, etc for girls, could make this less usable for boys/men. I don't like the idea that it might be shortened to Clare, even though the name is technically unisex, as it sounds way too feminine nowadays. Clarence in full is handsome and stylish, though.

lesliemarion Says:


Guess I like nerdy names. Clare and Ren are great nicknames for this quiet classic.