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Latin Terentius, a Roman family name of obscure origin, borne by a Roman playwright and by early Christian saints.

  • In Ireland it has been used to represent Turlough.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A male given name. Popular in the U.K. in the mid-twentieth century.
    • 1867 Bret Harte, Terence Denville: Chapter I:
      "Very likely the ragged scion of one of those Irish gentry, who has taken naturally to 'the road'. He should be at school - though I warrant me his knowledge of Terence will not extend beyond his own name," said Lord Henry Somerset, aid-de-camp to the Lord Lieutenant.
    • 1963 Jane McIlvaine, Cammie's Cousin, Bobbs-Merrill, page 58:
      They had an expensive, well-cut air which was like a uniform, and their conversation was all about people with names like Terence and Geoffrey, Philippa and Vivien, who lived in London and County Wicklow and who were "terribly amusing".