Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Terrance

Terrance is a variation of Terence, the English version of the Old Roman name Terentius (which is of uncertain origin). Some have speculated that it may have been a Latin development borrowed from an ancient Aramaic word meaning “heart”. Two famous bearers in ancient Rome were Publius Terentius Afer, a 2nd century B.C. African slave turned famous playwright (earning himself his freedom) and Marcus Terentius Varro, a distinguished Roman scholar in the 1st century B.C. So Terence is a name with roots dating back over 2000 years. But it was really a couple of early popular saints named Terentius who encouraged the spread of Terentius into other languages (Terence, Terenzio, Terenti, etc). Aside from Terence’s ancient Latin roots, it is also considered an anglicized form of the Old Irish Toirdhealbhach, from the Gaelic “toirdhealbh” which means “prompting”. Toirdhealbhach would have been an ancient Irish byname given to a person who was an “instigator" type. Terence did not become popular in England until the 19th century when it eventually spread to other English speaking nations. Terrance is the preferred spelling in the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Terrance

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME TERRANCE

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME TERRANCE

The year 1932 “prompted” the entrance of Terrance onto the American male naming charts. It only took a little more than 10 years for Terrance to carve himself out a position of moderate but respectable usage. Terrance reached his peak popularity in the mid-1970s through the 1980s, but he has once again dropped from the radar. Interestingly, the casual short form of Terry has seen greater success as a male name in America (although Terry is so mid-century 1950s in that Larry-Terry-Gary sort of way). Terrance and Terrence (with an “e”) now feel much more refined and elegant than plain old Terry. But all three are arguably out-dated and uncool by today’s naming standards. Terrance is definitely a nice name with an English sensibility and an intelligent quality. We like the derivation from the Gaelic Toirdhealbhach best. People may look upon “instigators” in a negative light, but we see them as “starters” who make things happen.

Quick Facts

ON TERRANCE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

612

PRONUNCIATION:

TER-ənts

SIMPLE MEANING:

Instigator

Characteristics

OF TERRANCE

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Terrance

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME TERRANCE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Terrance

Popular Songs

ON TERRANCE

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Terrance


Famous People

NAMED TERRANCE

Terrance Brennan (chef/restaurateur)
Terrance Copper (football player)
Terrance Lindall (artist)
Terrance Shaw (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED TERRANCE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Terrance

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME TERRANCE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Terrance