Gender: Female Meaning of Clarissa: "bright, clear" Origin of Clarissa: Elaboration of Clara Clarissa's Popularity in 2019: #744

Clarissa Origin and Meaning

The name Clarissa is a girl's name of German, Latin origin meaning "bright, clear".

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 1990s teen sitcom, 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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Violet_Rose Says:


Very pretty, I personally prefer Marissa but it is a close second favorite of mine of the -Issa names. If you like it I say go for it. It's very classy.

scblovesnames Says:


Been on the hunt for a new middle name. This one stands out, a book I loved as a child had the main child character named Clarissa. I can still see the cover, a young pioneer girl with a blue dress, white apron. I had never heard the name before I read that book. I loved the name then and still, it is one of my favorite names.

Tiera H. Says:


I used this name for a character. (Though the character hated it because she thought it was too girly and went by "Rissa"

Daiseymae Says:


Pretty name.

indiefendi2 Says:


This is so darn cute to me!!!

Claire Bear Says:


Yay! My name is Clarissa, too!

Floris Says:


true. I remember loving this name when I read the books years ago... I'm honestly not sure whether I prefer Clara or Clarissa...

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I think Clara is a nicer choice, Clarissa sounds like a spoiled little girl who thinks she's better than everyone.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


My absolute childhood favourite girls name, and I still love it <3

KassemJ Says:


Pretty name.

headintheclouds Says:


Like Eloise, I've really associated Clarissa with a spoiled-type children's book character, making me feel like it's an eternal little girl's name that doesn't quite age well- although that's not necessarily true. Clarissa is a pretty name, but I much prefer the simpler, more vintage and soft-sounding Clara.

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clarissaleighanne Says:


My name is Clarissa and I happy to know that it not a commen name it not like the other names 😊

Clarissa. Says:


That's my name =) .. the best about having this name is that I know since now just one another Clarissa personally. It's not such a outworn name.

Shishi Says:


So did I! I adore this name!!!

HollyMaxSpencer Says:


I discovered this name because of Clary Fray :)