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Caprice is derived from the Italian musical word capriccio (kah-PREE-chee-oh), "on a whim," which can also be translated as "a sudden motion," and "a fantastical thing." However, the etymology of the word is capo riccio, "curly head," and it was influenced by capra, "goat." When it applies to the given name, meanings such as "fanciful," "whimsical," and "curly hair" are acceptable. Caprice is the French take on the Italian word. It is where the English word capricious comes from, which means "impulsive, unpredictable." Capricia (kah-PREE-shuh) has been found as a variant.

Caprice is one of only a few ways to get Capri as a nickname. While the Italian island Capri is pronounced KAH-pree, as a nickname for Caprice it can be pronounced kuh-PREE.

Caprice was a 1913 film, Caprices a 1942 French film, the 1967 film Caprice, 2013 independent film Blue Caprice, 2015 French film Caprice, as well as the name of a 1917 novel by Ronald Firbank, a play by Charles Ludlam, an adaptation by Philip Moeller, and a series of prints by Goya. Caprice was a character name in Chronicles of Blood and Stone by Robert Newcomb. Caprice Bourret was a model born in 1971. Caprice Crane is an American author.

In 2016 this name was given to a mere 17 girls, despite the fact that it is a very familiar name (even if you're not quite sure how you first heard it). It has been used in the U.S. since about 1949.


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