Respelling of Candace, perhaps influenced by Clarice or by a folk etymology deriving the name from Late Latin canditia ‘whiteness’. The name is best known as that of the American actress Candice Bergen (b. 1946).
Asturian-Leonese (Avilés): habitational name from Avilés, a place in Asturies on the coast west of Xixón (Gijón in Spanish). The place name is derived either from a pre-Roman cognomen, Abilus, or from the Latin name Abilius, from the place name formed with (Villa) Abilius + the suffix -ensis.