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Originally a ducal title of the English and British royal family, believed to originate from the town of Clare, Suffolk, although it has also been associated with Clarentza in the Principality of Achaea.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A ducal title which has been traditionally awarded to junior members of the English and British royal families
  2. An English surname​.
  3. A male given name.
  4. A placename given to towns in countries settled by the British.
  5. A name given to several rivers, including one in France and others in countries settled by the British.


  • 1595 William Shakespeare: Third Part of King Henry the Sixth: Act II, Scene VI:
    Warwick. Richard, I will create thee Duke of Gloucester;
    And George, of Clarence; Warwick, as ourself,
    Shall do and undo as him pleaseth best.
    Richard. Let me be Duke of Clarence, George of Gloucester,
    For Gloucester's dukedom is too ominous.
  • 1847 William Chambers, Robert Chambers, Chambers' Edinburgh Journal, W. Orr July-December 1847, page 61 ( "The Aristocracy of Names"):
    There is one of the novels of Miss Edgeworth - we forget which - in which a gentleman of the name of Harvey figures as a hero. Harvey! Only fancy John, Peter, or William Harvey as the hero of a novel! But Miss Edgeworth was too well acquaintanced with the philosophy of names to commit such a blunder: she made the individual Clarence Harvey, and the name has never to this day been objected to even among the female teens.
  • 1973 Agatha Christie: Postern of Fate: page 221:
    - - - Got rather a silly name. Like a hotel. You know, the Royal Clarence. That's his name. Clarence."

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