Meaning and Name Origin
Carissa \c(a)-rissa, car(is)-sa\ as a girls' 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▼ has 49 more different forms via Cara, Carys, Charis: Caera, Carabelle, Caragh, Carah, Caralea, Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Caralin, Caralyn, Caranda, Caretta, Carina▼, Carine, Carisia, Carisse, Carrie▼, Carry, Cerys, Chareese, Charesa, Charese, Chari, Charice, Charie, Charisa, Charise, Charish, Charisha, Charisse, Charista, Charysse, Cherise, Kaara, Kaira, Kara▲, Karalee, Karas, Karina▲, Karine, Karis, Karisse, Karra, Karrie▼, Karrisa, Karry, Karys, Lacara and Sherisa.
Carissa is a very popular first name for females (#953 out of 4276, Top 22%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Carissa for girls. Carissa was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #239 in the U.S. in the year 1992, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Carissa and associated names. Popular varying forms of Carissa rated in the Top 1000 are Cara (#672 a year ago), Carina, Carisa, Carrie, Cerys, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Cherise, Kara (#442), Karina (#429), Karis, Karissa and Karrie. These girl names reached the top of their popularity in 1991 and have become significantly less popular since, with versions such as Cara, Carina, Carissa, Charity and Karissa becoming somewhat outmoded. Kara (#442) and Karina (#429) are two of the more trendy baby names here. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Carissa▼ is alike in pronunciation to Carressa, Corisa, Corissa, Corrissa, Coryssa, Karessa, Karyssa and Korissa. Other recommended similar baby names are Calissa, Caress, Caresse, Carisma, Carlissa, Cerisa, Cerissa, Cerisse, Chrissa, Chrissy, Chryssa, Clarissa▼, Cressa, Crissa, Crissy, Darissa, Larissa▼, Marissa▲, Narissa, Parissa and Sarissa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carissa.