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Gender: Female Pronunciation: HAR-ees Meaning of Charis: "grace" Origin of Charis: Greek

Charis Origin and Meaning

The name Charis is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "grace".

Reference to the mythological Three Graces of womanly charm, this one representing charity. Pronounced in Greek as starting with a back-of-the-throat H sound, most English-speakers would translate that to something closer to KAR-is. It's also the name of a girl who lived in Atlantis in the novel Taliesin, and appears in the Margaret Atwood novel The Robber Bride.

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Armor Says:

2019-11-25T04:40:59

I know a woman named this but she pronounces it "chair-iss." I never even considered it being pronounced any differently. I'd think most people coming across it would not pronounce it "har-ees," so while it's accurate in origin, I can't say how accurate it is in current usage. However, this would be fun to see a starbucks barista spell.

Lady Escalade Says:

2016-12-26T06:38:06

This is my sister's name and people freaking love it. Care-iss. It's so lovely it really should be more popular than it is

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-28T16:08:22

I find Charis to be such a pretty name, with a lovely meaning and roots in history, but as my problem was with Carys and Cerys, I wouldn't personally use it for myself because I would prefer a "Care-is" or "Chair-is" pronunciation, when the original Greek pn is "Har-is" (?), something that I definitely would not able to say accurately. I know a couple who named their son Javier and say the name like "Jay-vee-er" instead of "Ha-vee-air", and heard of another naming their daughter Isla and calling her "Iss-la" instead of "Eye-la", and I do not want to be that person!

Guest Says:

2014-11-29T15:32:37

A lady at my church has a baby named this and she pronounces it chair-iss but I've also heard it's pronounced Carys. In Greek it's pronounced KHAH-reese

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-10-14T22:10:49

The name reminds me of Charybdis, despite the meaning.

Orchid_Lover Says:

2014-02-23T12:47:51

HAR-ees may technically be the Greek pronunciation, but the fact that the common Angelican pronunciation is more like KAR-iss (same as the pronunciation of Carys)