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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 Literary Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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