Like its male counterpart, Clemency is, by its Latin etymology, “indulgent”. It has been in favor again since the 1990s in circles sensitive to the great classics from antiquity. Celebration on March 21.
Origin and etymology of the first name Clémence
Derived from the adjective clemens (good, indulgent), Clementia was the Roman goddess of forgiveness and mercy, depicted with a hand extended forward. It was celebrated by Julius Caesar, who built a temple for it at the end of the civil war which opposed it to Pompey, to signify his feelings towards his former enemies.
Saint Clémence, of whom little is known, was the widow of a 12th century German count who ended his life in devotion in a convent.
Use and popularity of the first name Clémence
Like all first names with moral significance, Clémence was relatively common in the Middle Ages throughout Europe, and more so than her masculine Clément. Abandoned from the 19th century, it has been rediscovered for about twenty years, mainly in “educated” families. Among the rare celebrities to have worn this first name, we can cite Clémence of Hungary, who as her name does not indicate was briefly Queen of France from 1315 to 1316. Let us also mention the anarchist Louise Michel, who was actually named Clémence Louise, and closer to us, the singer Clémence Saint-Preux, daughter of the composer of the same name.