Meaning and Name Origin
Charis \ch(a)-ris\ as a girls' name is pronounced KARE-iss. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Charis is "grace". From "kharis". The form Charissa was first used by Spenser for a character in his poem "The Faerie Queene" (16th century). Charis was first used as a given name in the 17th century, probably to symbolize the Christian concept of charity. Mythology: a reference to the Three Graces (Greek "kharites"), symbols of womanly beauty, charm, and inspiration. The graces were Aglais (brilliance), Thalia (flowering), and Euphrosyne (joy). The variants of this name and those of Carissa (see Cara) and Carys are similar. American actress and dancer Cyd Charisse.
Charis has 27 variants: Caressa, Carisa, Carisia, Carisse, Carrissa, Chareese, Charesa, Charese, Chari, Charice, Charie, Charisa, Charise, Charish, Charisha, Charissa, Charisse, Charista, Charysse, Cherise, Karas, Karis, Karisa, Karissa▼, Karisse, Karrisa and Sherisa.
Charis has 40 more related variations via Cara, Carissa, Carys, Charissa, Charisse, Thalia: Caera, Carabelle, Caragh, Carah, Caralea, Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Caralin, Caralyn, Caranda, Caresa, Caretta, Carina▼, Carine, Caris, Carrie▼, Carrisa, Carry, Cerys, Kaara, Kaira, Kara▲, Karalee, Karina▲, Karine, Karra, Karrie▼, Karry, Karys, Kharissa, Lacara, Sherise, Talia▲, Talie, Talley, Tally, Thaleia, Thalie and Thalya.
Charis is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3578 out of 4276, Top 84%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Charis and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Charis (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Cara (#672 last year), Carina, Carisa, Carissa, Carrie, Cerys, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Cherise, Kara (#442), Karina (#429), Karis, Karissa, Karrie, Talia (#330) and Thalia (#741). Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread in 1993 and has become much less since, with versions like Cara, Carina, Carissa, Charity and Karissa becoming somewhat dated. Kara (#442), Karina (#429) and Talia (#330) are three of the more trendy girl names here. (2014 Birth Statistics)