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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


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

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Where is the Clarence family from?

You can see how Clarence families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clarence family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Clarence families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 29 Clarence families living in Nebraska. This was about 36% of all the recorded Clarence's in USA. Nebraska had the highest population of Clarence families in 1880.
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What did your Clarence ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clarence. 35% of Clarence men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Clarence women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clarence were Salesman and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    35%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 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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There are 10,000 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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What is the average Clarence lifespan?

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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