August 2, 2014 § 1 Comment
English version of the Latin “Clemens” or “Clementius”, meaning “merciful” or “gentle”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Clem, Clemens, Clemente, Klement, Klemens, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Clement William Sheepshanks, Earl of Southdown, brother to Lady Emily and Lady Jane Sheepshanks in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Sir Clement Willoughby, the insistent rouge (perhaps the original “NiceGuyTM”) who forces his attentions on Miss Anville, in Evelina, or, The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778), by Fanny Burney.
– Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), American theologian and poet.