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Girl Name: Carissa

Name: Carissa
Pronunciation: \c(a)-rissa, car(is)-sa\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: beloved; grace
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Charity
Sounds Like: Carisse, Carisia, Chrissa, Crissa, Corissa
Variant forms: Caresa, Caressa, Caris, Carisa, Carrisa, Carrissa, Charissa, Karisa, Karissa, Kharissa
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 953

Description

Carissa \c(a)-rissa, car(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced ka-RISS-ah. It is of Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Carissa is "beloved; grace". Simplified spelling of Charissa, from Charis. Also possibly an elaborated form of Cara or Carys. Used by Edmund Spencer in his epic 1590 poem "The Faerie Queene".

Carissa has 10 variant forms: Caresa, Caressa, Caris, Carisa, Carrisa, Carrissa, Charissa, Karisa, Karissa and Kharissa.

For more information, see also the related name Charity.

Baby names that sound like Carissa are Carisse, Carisia, Chrissa, Crissa and Corissa.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Carissa.

Popularity

Carissa is a very popular first name for women (#953 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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