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What does Clarissa mean?

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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Charissa and Claire.

Clarissa has 9 more alternative forms via Clarice: Clarise, Claryce, Clerisse, Cleryce, Clerysse, Klarice, Klarise, Klaryce and Klarysa.


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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Popular variation forms of Clarissa (#765 last year) are Charissa, Claire (#44 last year), Clara (#108), Clare (#723), Clarice and Clarisa. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.4723%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.3371%, down 28.6%), 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, and there is a resurgence in baby name usage for both names. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Clarissa and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names

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.