Clarence Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Lawrence, Clare, Florence, Lance, Clemence, Laurence, Carne, Claridge

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Clarence Family Origin

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Clarence Family Occupations

What did your Clarence ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Clarence occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Clarence's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Clarence family was Keeping Boarding House. Farmer, Farm Laborer and Clerk In Store were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clarence.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Clerk In Store

  • Keeping Boarding House


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Clarence Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Clarence. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clarence census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Clarence. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Clarence. For the veterans among your Clarence ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clarence Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Clarence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Clarence in 1962 was 78, and 75 in 2003.

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