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What does Karissa mean?

Karissa /ka-ris-sa/ as a girls' name is pronounced ka-RISS-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Karissa is "very dear". See also Carissa.

Associated with: greek.


Karissa has 5 variants: Karess, Karessa, Karisa, Karysa and Karyssa.

Related girl name: Charis.

Karissa has 8 more relations via Carissa: Caresa, Caressa, Caris, Carisa, Carrisa, Carrissa, Charissa and Kharissa.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Kariska, Keerissa, ..

(male) Karisan, Kariste, ..

How popular is Karissa?

Karissa is a very popular first name for women (#1577 out of 4276, Top 37%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Karissa for girls. Karissa was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #306 in the U.S. in 1991, and is at #1192 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karissa name in U.S.

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

Carissa (#1391 last year), Charis (#1926), Carisa, Karisa and Charissa are the popular variation forms of Karissa (#1192 last year) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Karissa reached the height of their popularity 22 years ago (usage of 0.1%) and are now much less common, with versions such as Karissa becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karissa, Carisa, Carissa, Charis, Charissa, Karisa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Karissa and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Karissa is pronounced similarly to Carressa, Charisa, Corisa, Corissa, Corrissa, Coryssa, Karrisa, Koressa, Korissa and Koryssa. Other suggested similar names are Amarissa, Brissa, Carisia, Carisma, Carlissa, Cerissa, Janissa, Kadisha, Kalisa, Kalisha, Kalista, Kalyssa, Kaprisha, Karas, Kariana, Karima, Karina, Karinna, Karis, Karisha, Karisse, Karita, Karys, Katisha, Katrisa, Khrista, Klarisa, Klarissa, Klarisza, Klaryssa, Kris, Krisi, Krisia, Krissa, Krissie, Krissy, Krisy, Kryssa, Kryssi (see Christine), Larisa, Larisha, Larissa, Laryssa, Lorissa, Malissa, Maressa, Marisha, Mariska, Marissa, Marlissa, Maryssa, Maurissa, Morissa, Narcissa, Narkissa, Narsissa, Naryssa, Nerissa, Norissa, Parisa, Raissa, Sarissa, Sharissa, Trissa and Vanissa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Karissa.