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Meaning and name origin

Charis \ch(a)-ris\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3578 out of 4276, Top 84%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Charis for girls. Charis reached its highest rank of #86 in Canada in 2002. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charis name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charis outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Charis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cara (#672), Thalia (#741), Cherise, Karissa, Charity, Karis, Charissa, Carisa, Carissa, Carys, Charis and Charisse. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cara, Carisa, Carissa, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Cherise, Karis, Karissa, Thalia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cara, Carissa, Carys, Charis, Charity outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karis, Karissa, Thalia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Charis is also pronounced similarly to Caris. Other suggested similar baby names are Charil, Charin, Chariza, Cherisa, Cherish, Chris, Chrisy, Claris and Cris. These names tend to be less commonly used than Charis.