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Carissa 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".
Carissa has 10 variant forms: Caresa, Caressa, Caris, Carisa, Carrisa, Carrissa, Charissa, Karisa, Karissa and Kharissa.
For more information, see also the related name Charity.
Baby names that sound like Carissa are Carisse, Carisia, Chrissa, Crissa and Corissa.
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Popularity of Carissa
Carissa is a very popular first name for women (#953 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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