Clarence Family History
Clarence Name Meaning
English: Clarence was the name of a dukedom created in 1362 for Lionel, third son of Edward III, whose wife was the heiress of Clare in Suffolk. How the name came to be adopted as a surname is uncertain, but it is recorded in 1453; its use as a personal name is not attested until the late 19th century.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press