Other Origin(s):Latin
Meaning:Fame; Most bright
Clarise is a French respelling of the Latin name Clara, meaning "famous" and "most bright." A perennial favorite since 1901, this beautiful girl's name is teeming with sophistication and poise. Its 'ise' ending adds a bit of sparkle and sass, even if you opt for its equally popular sibling, Clarice. You may recall Jodie Foster's portrayal of Clarice Foster in The Silence of the Lambs, opposite Anthony Hopkins. Cool, collected, and super smart, she'll inspire your little one—when they're older, of course—to always stay curious! A more age-appropriate reference is the quirky Clarice Bean, a witty children's book series written by Lauren Child. This inquisitive little girl asks some seriously tough questions that will inevitably belong to your darling Clarise too.
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