|Related Names:||Can, Candace, Candida, Candie, Candy, Clarice|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Candice is English in origin and may have started its etymological life as a version of Candace. The spelling of Candice may have been influenced by the names Clarice, from the French Claritia meaning "fame" or Candida, from the Late Latin canditia, meaning "whiteness."
Candice also has some rather significant history since it was the feminine hereditary name used by many of the queens of Ethiopia. A biblical reference traces back to the book of Acts (8:27) when “the apostle Philip baptizes ‘a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure’ (Acts 8: 27).” The Candace version of the name declined in popularity and evolved into what is thought to be its current form – Candice.
According to the Social Security Administration, Candice has not ranked among the 1000 most popular names in the United States since 2003. In that year, it ranked 917th. Its popularity over the last decade is similar to when it first made the top 1000 list of most popular names. Then, in 1945, Candice entered the running at 738th. It quickly moved upwards in popularity gaining almost 300 spaces when, in one year – 1946, it ranked 477th. After reaching a high ranking during this period in 1952 at 294th, it slid as quickly as it accelerated, and by 1964 it was at 748th. Candice’s popularity experienced another spike in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Here it achieved its highest ranking over the past 100 years and peaking as the 78th most popular name in the United States in 1982. This seems to have little to do with one of popular culture’s most popular Candices during this period. The greatly popular, and many would say influential, situation comedy Murphy Brown starring Candice Bergen did not air until 1988 (through 1998).
- Candice Miller is United States Congresswoman representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She currently sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Little Kansas City near Kansas City, MO was for a while euphemistically called "Candice City" as a tribute to a black slave woman named Candice.
- Candice Bergen is a successful American movie actress and daughter of the famous 1950s and 1960s television entertainer and puppeteer Edgar Bergen. The main puppet (or marionette) was Charlie McCarthy. Candice Bergen is perhaps best known for her television situation comedy and role as Murphy Brown.
- Candice Night is a Swedish musician
Author: Mike Szimanski
|Meaning||whiteness, sparkling +|
|Meaningnc||whiteness, sparkling +|
|Origin||English +, and Latin +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Can +, Candace +, Candida +, Candie +, Candy +, and Clarice +|