Origin of the name CLARIBELL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name CLARIBELL.
contracted form of Italian Clarabella
meaning "clear-beauty." Also spelled Claribel.
... Spenser relates how Phaon's
friend Philemon, courting Pryene, the handmaid of Phaon's love, Claribell
(clara-bella, clear-beautiful, an excellent name, both in sound and
sense!), prevailed on Pryene to put on the garments of Claribell, and
then, with incredible baseness, brought Phaon at night and hid him where
he saw, as he supposed, his love Claribell playing him false with
"Eftsoones he came unto th'
And with him brought Pryene, rich arayd,
In Claribellaes clothes. Her proper face
I not descerned in that darkesome shade,
But weend it was my love with whom he playd.
Ah God! what horrour and tormenting griefe
My hart, my handes, mine eies, and all assayd!
Me liefer were ten thousand deathes priefe
Then wounde of gealous worme, and shame of
"I home retourning, fraught
with fowle despight,
And chawing vengeaunce all the way I went,
Soone as my loathed love appeard in sight,
With wrathful hand I slew her innocent,
That after soone I dearely did lament."
Poor Claribella's cry was that of
Desdemona, "Oh, falsely, falsely murther'd!" It would have
been enough for Shakespeare that she and his king's daughter were each
unhappy in love, and that the name was melodious, to lead to his
appropriation of the name from Spenser for a subordinate character who
does not appear at all on the stage of "The Tempest."
(Poet Lore, A Magazine of
Letters, Porter-Clarke, v.4, 1892).