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The ancestors of the bearers of the Clarice family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Clearhedge Wood, in the county of Sussex. The surname Clarice was originally derived from the Old English spelling Clarrige.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clarice include Clarice, Claris, Clericia, Claricia, Clarisse, Claricesone and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clarice research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1175, 1273, 1275, 1327 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Clarice History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Clarice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clarice or a variant listed above: M. Claris, who arrived in North America in 1776; and Maria Clarisse, who arrived in Pella, IA in 1880.

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