- this week

Gender: F Meaning of Clarissa: "bright, clear" Origin of Clarissa: Elaboration of Clara Clarissa's Popularity in 2014: #765

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.

People who like Clarissa also like:

Acadia   Bonita   Bruce   Callie   Carrie   Clarice   Clarisa   Lana   Laura   Marlena   Norman   Paul   Shona   Sky   Ziggy Show me more names similar to Clarissa Comment on Clarissa

Famous People Named Clarissa

Clarissa Harlowe Barton, American nurse and humanitarian; founder of the Red Cross
Clarissa Eden, Countess of Avon, born Anne Clarissa Spencer-Churchill
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, British author

Pop Culture References for the Name Clarissa

Clarissa Dalloway, title character of "Mrs Dalloway" (1925) by Virginia Woolf
Clarissa Darling, from "Clarissa Explains It All"
Clarissa Harlowe, beautiful and saintly heroine of the novel "Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady" (1747-8) by Samuel Richardson
Clarissa "Clary" Fray/ Fairchild/ Morgenstern, heroine of Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series
Clarissa Alpert, from the TV miniseries "Maneater"
Clarissa Worthington Howe, minor antagonist in L. A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack" series
Clarissa Saunders, Mr. Smith's cynical secretary from the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), played by Jean Arthur. "She called me Clarissa"
Clarissa, a character on "Reign"

Clairisa, Clairissa, Clairisse, Claraissa, Clarecia, Claressa, Claresta, Clarisa, Clarissia, Claritza, Clarizza, Clarrisa, Clarrissa, Clerissa

Inspired by Clarissa?

Discover 1000s more amazing names you'll love with NameHunter

Hunt Me Some Names