Clarissa Name Meaning & Origin

Clarissa

Pronunciation: kla-RIS-ə (key)

Origin of the name Clarissa:

Elaboration of Clara, a name derived from the Latin clārus (bright, clear, famous).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Clarice

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Comments and insights on the name Clarissa: | Edit

When I was younger I thought it sounded like a prissy old lady's name, but now I think it's very pretty and classy, and I really like it.

Personal experiences with the name Clarissa: | Edit

My name is Clarissa. I was named after my cousin. I hated it growing up because the show "Clarissa Explains it All" on Nickelodeon came out around the time I hit middle school. I love my name now that I am much older though. Most people call me Crissy. My mom has always called me Clara Belle. My nephews call me Kiki..

My daughter is named Clarissa and we call her Claire. I LOVE her name!! It took some convincing, i still didn't even love the name when she was first born, but it fits her so well. I love that by calling her Claire she has a name that is "normal" but not too common, and she has the option to use the longer, fancier version "Clarissa" if she wants. I love that NO ONE ELSE i know is named Clarissa but that it's not a *weird* name. It is also nice to have a longer name to call her when she's in trouble ;)

My name is Clarissa. I didn't like it when I was younger, now it's alright, but much too feminine for my personality. I usually go by Rissa among friends. A large downfall is that many people dont hear me correctly and call me Claire, Clara, Chris, Chrissa, or something else that they invent. I also often get called Larissa or Marissa. All in all, its a good name. I don't know too many people with my name, but I was named after an influential woman in my mother's life when she was young. A lot of older people like my name as it is from their generation.

My name is Clarissa. I used to hate my name but now I've grown to love my name. Growing up my family always called me Rissy. My problems that I run into are people calling me Carissa or spelling my name with two r's and one s making it Clarrisa, which just looks wrong.

My name is Clarissa and I've never thought it suited me. I am not a girly girl nor a tom boy but I wear alot of black. I always used to get teased in primary school for my name and people would call me Clapissa but as I've gotten older I've realised that people are starting to like my name more because its kinda and older name. I too have problems with people spelling my name wrong and calling me Carissa or Marissa. I'm just greatful I havent got an ugly name (in my opinion). I also like to be different so instead of Clary, I prefer Clarie

Nicknames for Clarissa: | Edit

Claire, Clare, Ris, Rissa, Clara, Lissa, Clary, Kissa, Rissy, Clariss, Rizzo

Meanings and history of the name Clarissa: | Edit

Form of Clara, from Latin, meaning "clear, shining"

Famous real-life people named Clarissa: | Edit

Clarissa Scott Delany (1901-1927), American poet
Clarissa Kaye, Australian stage, film and television actress
Clarissa Eden, Countess of Avon (born Anne Clarissa Spencer-Churchill)
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, American poet, psychoanalyst, and author
Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, author, playwright, poet

Clarissa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Clarissa Harlowe, heroine of Samuel Richardson's novel "Clarissa" (1748)
Clarissa Darling, "Clarissa Explains It All"
Clarissa "Clary" Fray, protagonist of Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments"
Clarissa Dalloway, protagonist of Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"
Clarissa is a fairly minor character in Enid Blyton's "Malory Towers" boarding-school series.
Clarissa Payne, antagonist of "What A Girl Wants" (2003)
"Clarissa" is the tile of a song by Mindless Self Indulgence
"Ode to Clarissa" is the title of a song by Queens of the Stone Age

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