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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Terence is a masculine given name of Latin origin, meaning "soft" or "smooth". It is derived from the Latin name Terentius, which was a family name during the ancient Roman period. The name has been used in various forms across different cultures and languages, with spelling variants such as Terrence, Terrance, Terance, and Torrance. The name Terence has a rich history, with notable bearers including Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer and Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro. It was also used by several early saints. In Ireland, the name was adopted as an Anglicized form of Toirdhealbhach. Terence gained popularity in the English-speaking world in the late 19th century and continued to be moderately popular throughout the 20th century. Some famous namesakes include actor Steve McQueen, British actor Terence Stamp, and South African swimmer Terence Parkin, who is the most decorated deaf Olympic athlete in history.

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