Talk:Duke of Clarence
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Original Research on name origins
The most standard explanation, is that Clarence comes from the Strongbow estates in Ireland. Compare another Irish title in the Peerage of England, the Duke of Ireland. Obviously, Clarence is only indirectly named for Clare, Suffolk. As to the other ideas, they are laughable imaginings. Clarence (given name)'s external link substantiates this:  188.8.131.52 (talk) 15:01, 23 December 2007 (UTC)
From County Clare, Ireland
Since Prince Lionel, Edward III's son spent most of his working life in Ireland, and was created Duke of Ulster, it makes sense that he also might have a second Irish title. But where the -ence ending comes from, I don't know. Ian Mortimer's book on Edward III certainly makes this suggestion. But could the Suffolk town of Clare in fact be named after the county? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:26, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
According to Meyers Lexikon ("Clarence", 7. edition, 1925), the name comes from a place called Clarence in Morea, Greece (The Peloponnese): an English knight was duke there in the time of the crusades. --O DM (talk) 20:32, 16 October 2008 (UTC) - The Earl of Clare is spelled without the ending nce.