Gender: Male Origin of Terence: Latin clan name of uncertain meaning

Terence Origin and Meaning

The name Terence is a boy's name of Latin origin.

A name that seems to hail from the old Irish neighborhoods of Boston and New York, Terence actually dates back a lot further, to the time of a famous second-century poet, who started life as a North African slave in the house of a Roman senator and it was also borne by several early saints.

Out of style for several years, Terence might be due for a comeback, much like his Irish crony Patrick. Spellings Terrance and Terrence now outperform the original. Off the list for a decade, Terence reached as high as Number 241 in the 1960s.

Actor Steve McQueen was born Terence Steven McQueen and Terence is also the birth certificate name of Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones.

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Terence's International Variations

Terentino, Terentilo, Tarantino (Greek) Terencio (Spanish) Terrance, Theirry, Terrence (French) Terenciano, Terancio (Italian) Terenz (German)


Saffron_Rice Says:


I used to babysit a toddler Terence known as "Terence the Terror". This name is better than the cheap nickname Terry but Laurence is much better along with Lawrence.