Meaning and Name Origin
Clarisse \c-la-risse, clar(is)-se\ as a name for girls. Clarisse's root is Latin, and the name Clarisse means "bright, famous; fame; most bright, most famous". Clarisse is a form of Claire (Latin): French form of Clara. Clarisse is also a variation of Clarice (Latin): medieval English and French form of Claritia, which may have meant "fame" (from "clarus" meaning "famous"), but as a given name probably an elaboration of Clara. Clarisse is also used as a variation of Clarissa (Latin).
Clarisse has 27 more alternative forms via Claire, Clarice, Clarissa: Clairessa, Clairissa, Clare▼, Clarene, Claresa, Claressa, Claresta, Clari, Claribel▼, Clarica, Clarie, Clarinda, Clarine, Clarisa, Clarissia, Clarita, Claritza, Clariza, Clarrie, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Classie, Clayrissa, Clerissa, Clorissa, Klarisa and Klarissa.
Clarisse is an uncommonly occurring first name for women. Clarisse is also an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Clarisse and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Clarisse (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 are Claire (#44 last year), Clare (#723), Clarissa (#765), Clarisa, Clarice, Claribel and Clarine. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1900-1909 and has become much lower since, with the versions Clarissa, Clare, Claribel and Clarice becoming less trendy. Claire (#44) is the most trendy baby name in this list, with this name going through a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)