Gender: Female Meaning of Clarissa: "bright, clear" Origin of Clarissa: Elaboration of Clara Clarissa's Popularity in 2018: #742

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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