What does Clarissa mean?
Clarissa /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.more]
How popular is Clarissa?
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 history 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 Baby Names, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Clarissa (#765 from recent data) are Charissa, Claire (#44 from recent data), Clara (#108), Clare (#723), Clarice and Clarisa. These relations of Clarissa were favored by parents in the 1890s (median #527) and are somewhat less common today (#662, down 29%). Claire is the all-time favorite, although Clara appears to be gaining popularity too, while forms like Clare are now somewhat dated.
Thinking of names?
Clarissa▼ is pronounced similarly to Clayrissa, Klarisza and Klaryssa. Other suggested similar baby names are Alaricka, Amarissa, Blaisia, Calissa, Calista▼, Calyssa, Caresa, Caress, Caresse, Carinna, Carissa▼, Carita, Carlisa, Carlisia, Carlista, Carressa, Carrisa, Cearia, Cerisse, Charis, Charish, Charisma, Charisse, Charista, Charita, Charysse, Cherisa, Chloris, Christa▼, Clairinda, Clareta, Claretha, Clari, Clarie, Claritza, Claryce, Clayrice, Corissa, Coryssa, Cressa, Crista, Czarina, Ellissa, Floressa, Ilissa, Janissa, Karisa, Karisha, Karissa▼, Karisse, Krissa, Lacrissa, Larisha, Larissa▼, Laryssa, Lorissa, Maressa, Marisa▼, Marissa▲, Maritsa, Marlissa, Maryssa, Maurissa, Morissa, Narissa, Narkissa, Narsissa, Naryssa, Parissa, Sarissa, Sharisa and Vanissa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Clarissa.