Gender: Masculine
Origin: English
Meaning: “shining.”

The name is derived from the Latin title clarensis which was used among British royalty. It is believed the name first caught on as a given name in the 19th-century.

In 1900, it was the 17th most popular make name in the United States. Though it never reached the top 10, it consistently remained in the U.S. top 100 until around 1951. As of 2010, it was the 983rd most popular male name in the United States.

The name has also occasionally been used in France and in the Spanish-speaking world. In Poland it has been Polonized as Klarencjusz. The designated name-day being April 26.

It was born by early ACLU pioneer, Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) and is currently born by U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas (b.1948).


  2.  H. Fros, F. Sowa, Księga imion i świętych, t. 3, Kraków 1998.


bright-autumn_streetGender: Masculine
Origin: Japanese
Meaning: “bright fruit; shining autumn.”

The name has different meaning depending on the character used, which for this particular name, I will provide in the near future. In Japanese, selection of different characters are instrumental in defining a name. One name can mean a variety of different things depending on the way you write it. Japanese names are extremely complex. In this case, Mitsuaki, a fairly prevalent Japanese male name, can either be composed of the Japanese elements mitsu meaning “fruit or truth” or the honomym mitsu meaning : “shine; light.”  Aki is another element that can mean a few things, it can either mean “autumn” or “bright, light”.

The name is borne by Mitsuaki Hoshino (b. 1959) a Japanese actor and Mitsuaki Madono (b.1964) a Japanese voice actor.