Meaning and Name Origin
Clarissa \c-la-rissa, clar(is)-sa\ as a girls' 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 variants: Clairesa, Clairessa, Clairissa, Clara▲, Clare▼, Clarecia, Claresa, Claressa, Clarica, Claris, Clarisa, Clarisse, Clarissia, Clariza, Clarrie, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Clarry, Classie, Clerissa, Clorissa, Klarisa, Klarissa and Klarrisa.
Clarissa is a very prominent first name for females (#744 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Clarissa for girls. Clarissa reached its peak position of #236 in the U.S. in the year 1994, and is currently at #765. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Clarissa and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Clarissa (#765 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Charissa, Claire (#44 last year), Clara (#108), Clare (#723), Clarice and Clarisa. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 and have become much less popular since, with the versions Clare, Clarice and Clarissa becoming less trendy. Claire (#44) and Clara (#108) are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names here, with both names enjoying a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Clarissa▼ is pronounced similarly to Clayrissa, Klarisza and Klaryssa. Other suggested similar baby names are Carissa▼, Claresta and Clarizza. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clarissa.