Terence - Meaning of Terence
[ 2 syll. te-ren-ce, ter-e-nce ] The baby boy name Terence is pronounced as TEH-R-ehNS- †. Terence is an English and German name of Latin origin. The name is derived from Terentius (Latin), which is of obscure origin. It was borne by the playwright Publius Terentius Afer (185-159 BC), a former slave who adopted the name in honor of his master Terentius Lucanus after the latter granted him freedom from slavery. The name was also borne by several early saints. It was adopted by English speakers in the late 19th century. In Ireland, the name is used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Turlough.
Terence is a widely used name; it has 25 variations that are used in English and other languages. English variations include Tarrance, Tarrants, Tarrence, Tarrenz, Terance, Terencio, Terenge, Terrea, Terree, Terrell, Terrey, Terri, Terrious, Terris, Terrius, Terron, Terronce, Torrance, and Torrence. Other English forms include the shortening Tel, the pet form Terry, and the spelling variants Terrance and Terrence (also used in German). Terenz (German) and Terenzio (Italian) are variations of Terence that are used in other languages.
The origin and meaning of Terence is inherited by all variant forms.
See also the related form, Toirdhealbhach (Gaelic and Irish).
Terence is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1964 with 0.050% of baby boys being named Terence. Its ranking then was #241. The baby name has since fallen out of favor, and is currently of irregular use. Among the group of boy names directly related to Terence, Terry was the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Terence include Tarince, Tarrenz, Terance, Terenge, Terenz, Terrance, Terrence, Terronce, Torrance, Torrence, Taranga, Taurinus, Tiarnach, Tiernea, Torgnea, Tyronna, Terenzio, Tiarnea, Tearnce, and Trang.
† Pronunciation for Terence: T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Terence:
Footballer Terry Venables, born Terence Frederick Venables, 6 January 1943, Dagenham, London, England.
Radio Personality Terry Wogan, born Michael Terence Wogan, 3 August 1938, Limerick, Ireland.
Theater Director Terry Hands, born Terence David Hands, 9 January 1941, Aldershot, England.