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.

Related Names:

Clarice

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Nicknames for Clarissa

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

Meanings and history of the name Clarissa

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

Famous real-life people named Clarissa

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

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
Clarissa Saunders, Jean Arthur's character in "Mister Smith Goes to Washington".

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