Meaning and name origin
Carissa \c(a)-rissa, car(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced ka-RISS-ah. It is of Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Carissa is "beloved; grace". Simplified spelling of Charissa, from Charis. Also possibly an elaborated form of Cara or Carys. Used by Edmund Spencer in his epic 1590 poem "The Faerie Queene".
For more information, see also the related girl name Charity.
Carissa is a very popular first name for females (#953 out of 4276, Top 22%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carissa for girls. Carissa reached its highest rank of #239 in the U.S. in 1992. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carissa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cara (#672), Charity, Karissa, Charissa, Carys, Carisa, Carissa and Charis. (2014 statistics).
Carissa▼ is also pronounced similarly to Carressa, Charisa, Corisa, Corissa, Corrissa, Coryssa, Karessa, Karyssa and Korissa. Other suggested similar baby names are Calissa, Caress, Caresse, Carisia, Carisma, Carisse, Carlissa, Cerisa, Cerissa, Cerisse, Charisha, Charisse, Chrissa, Chrissy, Chryssa, Clarissa▼, Cressa, Crissa, Crissy, Darissa, Larissa▼, Marissa▼, Narissa, Parissa and Sarissa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carissa.