Clarence

Clarence was first created as the name of the title  of a dukedom for the second son of King Edward III, Lionel of Antwerp, in 1362. The name apparently came from the town of Clare, Suffolk, because his first wife was a direct descendant of the powerful de Clare family. Clare is a medieval English form of Clara, the Latin feminine form of Clarus which means “clear, bright, famous” from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- (to call, cry, summon). Clarence is also a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Klarence (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Clarencia (English)

 

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