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What does Charis mean?

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.

For more information, see also related girl names Caresse, Charisma, Sharise, Cha- and Charity.

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. 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) are the prominent varying forms of Charis (#unlisted). Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread in 1993 (usage of 0.4012%) and has become much less since (usage 0.1404%, down 65%), 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cara, Carina, Carisa, Carissa, Carrie, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Cherise, Kara in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Karina, Karis, Karissa, Karrie, Talia, Thalia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cara, Cerys, Kara, Talia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Charil, Charin, Chariza, Cherisa, Cherish, Chris, Chrisy, Claris and Cris. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charis.