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Gender: Female Meaning of Clarice: "bright, clear" Origin of Clarice: Medieval form of Clarita, a derivative of Clara

The name Clarice is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "bright, clear". Clarice and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

If you’re a fan of the annual animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, you’ll recognize the name of Rudolph’s beautiful doe sweetheart, pronounced cla-REES—uncomfortably close to the Silence of the Lambs pronunciation. Clarice was the name of the wife of Lorenzo de' Medici, and Clarice Cliff was a famed British ceramics artist. Though a Top 300 name from 1906 to 1934, modern parents might prefer the more delicate Clarissa.

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Famous People Named Clarice

Chaya Pinkhasovna "Clarice" Lispector, Brazilian novelist
Clarice Orsini, wife of Lorenzo de' Medici; mother of Pope Leo X
Clarice Cliff, English ceramic artist (pronounced CLAIRE-iss)
Clarice Taylor, American actress
Clarice Assad, Brazilian classical and jazz musician
Ariana Clarice Richards, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Clarice

Clarice Starling, main character in book/film "The Silence of the Lambs"
Clarice, reindeer in animated special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Lady Clarice, character in anime film "The Castle of Cagliostro"
Clarice Willow, character on TV's "Caprica"
Clarice Bean, main character in the children's book series by Lauren Child
Clarice Crow, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Clarice Honeywill Heimann, character in "The Marsden Case" by Ford Madox Ford
Clarice Kensington, character in film "It Takes Two"
Clarice Ewing, character on American soap "Another World"
Clarice Ferguson aka Blink, character in X-Men comics
Mrs. Clarice Thackery, cook on TV's "Upstairs, Downstairs," pronounced CLAIRE-iss


Ruanne Says:


It's a classic film these days, however, despite its few disturbing scenes and themes. Maybe it's good for a middle.

Ruanne Says:


Love this story. :)

Daiseymae Says:


I only think of Rudolph's girlfriend. I think it is a gorgeous name.

Blinkonekatietwo Says:


As someone who has never seen Silence of The Lambs, (I know, I know.) I always thought this name was so beautiful and was disappointed to look on here and find it has such strong connotations to that movie. :(

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name

paulapuddephatt Says:


I didn't know of another way of saying it, but do love this name and agree that this is the best way to say it. I am guessing that, in USA and elsewhere, people may pronounce it more like Claire? I like Claire, but I wouldn't like to be saying Clarice with that sound. It is so lovely as it is. 😃

sirens_sam Says:


Oh how I love this movie. Oddly enough my husband and I broke the ice using this movie. " he puts the lotion on the skin" is what he said when we were discussing movies the first time we met and I responded with "or else it gets the hose again" we've been inseparable ever since.

alienmom_fbi Says:


Clarice Starling was very much not murdered by Hannibal Lecter

waltzingmorethanmatilda Says:


This name is MUCH nicer said the British way, KLA-ris (to rhyme with Paris). Very elegant, yet also cute, and doesn't seem dated at all.

Betsy Braddock Says:


Clarice Starling was NOT murdered by Hannibal Lector. In the book they fell in love and in the movie he cuts off his own hand before fleeing...never harming her. So, if you want to name your child Clarice, just know she wasn't killed by a serial killer. She did fall in love with one though...maybe that's worse :p