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Singing Sensation and Glee Star Charice Once Had Another Name

Singing Sensation and Glee Star Charice Once Had Another Name
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Today marks the first official day of fall, so it seems only appropriate that last night Fox's smash hit musical comedy, Glee, began a new school year with the premiere of its second season.

This semester there are a few new faces on campus, most notably 18-year-old Filipino pop sensation, Charice, who Oprah famously dubbed "the most talented girl in the world." On Glee, Charice plays the adorable exchange student, Sunshine Corazon.

Charice's music may be climbing the charts and her star is surely on the rise, but her name, thus far, remains unpopular; it has never ranked in the top 1,000. (Surprisingly, mega-star and pop legend Madonna's name peaked in the 1930s when it ranked #575. Soon after, however, it began to fall and hasn't ranked at all since the 1960s when it was #862.)

The name Charice comes from the Greek for grace and kindness, and the Latin for charity, and these names have fared much better. In 2009 Grace was #17. Charity peaked in the 1970s at #269 but last year came in at a fairly respectable #869.

Interestingly, a little online sleuthing revealed that Charice is not the singer's real name. She was born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco but has gone by Charice, a combination of her first two names, since she was little.

Charmaine, which always makes us think of Blanche's older sister on The Golden Girls, had its fifteen minutes of fame in the 1950s when the name peaked at #499. Clarice is an extension of Clara and derives from the Latin for bright and clear. But despite its lovely meaning, it's a teeny bit difficult to hear the name and not think of Hannibal Lecter toying with Agent Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. Though on a lighter note, Clarice was also the doe-eyed love interest of Rudolph in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The golden era for Clarice was the 1920s when it was ranked #276.

What do you think of the name Charice? What would your name be if you combined your first and middle names?



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September 22, 2010 2:12 PM
By Jennie

Yes, to me Clarice is indelibly associated with Silence of the Lambs. And Charice, well, I always thought it was spelled Charisse.

September 22, 2010 2:25 PM
By Carrie (not verified)

If I combined my names, I'd be Careen or Carleen, which are both names anyway!

September 22, 2010 2:32 PM
By Allison Noelle Wells (not verified)

Charice is a lovely name and the girl is so talented!

If I combined first and middle names...(Allison & Noelle)
Allelle. Yuck
Allinoe. Yuck
I guess Alle would be the logical choice...

September 22, 2010 3:03 PM
By Jennie

Or Allin?

September 22, 2010 7:09 PM
By Jenna (not verified)

Charice is really pretty! I think I like it spelled Charisse better.
My two names combined: Jenna Lauren
so Jean or Lana which are both names and work well

September 22, 2010 7:15 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

If I combined Laura Antoinette, then I'd be Laurette.

September 22, 2010 8:08 PM
By lulus mummy (not verified)

Beautiful name, I agree bad association though, such a shame. Funny because if I combine my first and middle it makes Karise. I never thought about it before but Carys is a name I though was very pretty when searching for baby names.

The other alternative is Denen, Kanise hmmm.

I think the "ise/ice" sound on the end of a girls name is very feminine and pretty.

Any suggestions other than Annaleise, Adelise?

September 23, 2010 6:18 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Felice, Talise (went to school with a Talise), Bernice/Berenice, Elise, Alise, Shanice, the anglicised pronunciation of Therese... I agree, lulusmummy.

My association with "Clarice" is my father's aunt Clarice, not Hannibal Lector's Clarice, so I just hear it as a beautiful name.

I have two middle names, so I'm not sure quite what the combination rules ought to be, but I get things like:

Chayliana, Eliya (1st and 2nd)
Eliel, Ariana (2nd and 3rd)
Ariya, Chayiel (3rd and 1st)

most of which sound either elvish or angelic. (The "ch" in my name is pronounced like the "ch" in the Scottish pronunciation of "loch".)

September 23, 2010 6:48 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I like Charise, but also thought it was Charisse. My first name is Nancy and my middle name is Myr@, so I guess I would be Nanra - not so good, in my opinion!

September 23, 2010 9:07 AM
By Meg (not verified)

I'd be Marbeth or Margeth? LOL (Margaret Elizabeth)

September 23, 2010 9:34 AM
By Elissa (not verified)

I do prefer Charisse to all other spellings as well...

My first and middle names combined is Eloise, a name that's on the top of my list if I have a daughter for that same reason!

September 24, 2010 1:50 PM
By Essy (not verified)

-- other 'ise'/'ice'
Eunice, Denise, Cherise, Eloise, Anise, Caprice, Patrice, Beatrice, Candice

September 24, 2010 1:52 PM
By Essy (not verified)

I actually like the sound of Marbeth - I think the 'beth'/'eth' ending is beautiful and 'Mar' is very feminine to my ear for some reason like Marilyn or just Mary I guess.

September 25, 2010 5:51 AM
By Emma C. (not verified)

I think Charice sounds good but Charisse is extra sweet, and yes, they're right Clarice sound creepy, the association of
that name to the Silence of the Lamb ruined it's flair.

September 28, 2010 3:12 PM
By julie (not verified)

My favorite spelling is Charis, but then it should probably be pronounced KAR-is instead of KA-rees.

October 5, 2010 3:04 PM
By mariadeacero (not verified)

Mary + Virginia = Marinia

October 5, 2010 3:04 PM
By mariadeacero (not verified)

Mary + Virginia = Marinia

November 13, 2010 11:01 PM
By Lauren Michelle (not verified)

Lauren Michelle
i would be Laurelle or maybe Laurmich? I like Laurelle...

November 13, 2010 11:02 PM
By Lauren Michelle (not verified)

Lauren + Michelle
Laurmich? Laurelle! :)

November 13, 2010 11:03 PM
By Lauren Michelle (not verified)

Lauren + Michelle
Laurmich? Laurelle! :)

November 13, 2010 11:03 PM
By Lauren Michelle (not verified)

sorry about the repeat!

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