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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 related girl names Charissa and Claire.


Clarissa is a very popular first name for females (#744 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Clarissa for girls. Clarissa reached its highest rank of #236 in the U.S. in 1994. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Clarissa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Claire (#44), Clara (#108), Clare (#723), Clarissa (#765), Clarisa, Clarice and Charissa. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charissa, Claire, Clara, Clare, Clarice, Clarisa, Clarissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Claire, Clara, Clare, Clarissa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Clarissa is also pronounced similarly to Clayrissa, Klarisza and Klaryssa. Other suggested similar baby names are Carissa, Claresta, Clarise, Clarizza and Clerisse. These names tend to be less commonly used than Clarissa.