Clarissa, the daintier version of Claire, has a long literary history of its own, having been featured in the novels of Samuel Richardson, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf--Clarissa was the title character of Mrs. Dalloway--not to mention the 1990's TV teen show, Clarissa Explains it All.
Clarissa is a name definitely worth considering as an alternative to the overused Vanessa and Melissa. Appealing diminutives are Clarry and Claris.
Red Cross founder Clara Barton was born Clarissa.
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