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Girl Name: Clarissa

Name: Clarissa
Pronunciation: \c-la-rissa, clar(is)-sa\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: bright, famous
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Claire
Sounds Like: Clayrissa, Claresta, Clerisse, Clarise, Claris, Klaryssa, Klarisza
Variant forms: Clairesa, Clairessa, Clairissa, Clara, Clare, Clarecia, Claresa, Claressa, Clarica, Clarisa, Clarisse, Clarissia, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Clerissa, Classie, Clorissa, Klarisa, Klarissa, Klarrisa
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 744

Description

Clarissa \c-la-rissa, clar(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced kla-RISS-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Clarissa is "bright, famous". Latin version of Clarice occasionally found in medieval documents and made famous by Samuel Richardson's 18th-century novel "Clarissa".

Clarissa has 20 variant forms: Clairesa, Clairessa, Clairissa, Clara, Clare, Clarecia, Claresa, Claressa, Clarica, Clarisa, Clarisse, Clarissia, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Clerissa, Classie, Clorissa, Klarisa, Klarissa and Klarrisa.

For more information, see also the related name Claire.

Baby names that sound like Clarissa are Clayrissa, Claresta, Clerisse, Clarise, Claris, Klaryssa and Klarisza.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Clarissa.

Popularity

Clarissa is a very popular first name for women (#744 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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