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Clarissa meaning and name origin
Clarissa \c-la-rissa, clar(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced kla-RISS-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clarissa is "most bright, most famous". Latin version of Clarice occasionally found in medieval documents and made famous by Samuel Richardson's novel "Clarissa", also known as "the History of a Young Lady" (1748).
Clarissa has 24 variant forms: Clairesa, Clairessa, Clairissa, Clara, Clare, Clarecia, Claresa, Claressa, Clarica, Claris, Clarisa, Clarisse, Clarissia, Clariza, Clarrie, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Clarry, Clerissa, Classie, Clorissa, Klarisa, Klarissa and Klarrisa.
For more information, see also the related name Claire.
Baby names that sound like Clarissa are Clayrissa, Claresta, Clarizza, Clerisse, Clarise, Klaryssa and Klarisza.
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Popularity of Clarissa
Clarissa is a very popular first name for women (#744 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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