[ 3 syll. cla-ris-sa, cl-ari-ssa ] The baby girl name Clarissa is pronounced in English as KLah-RIHS-ah †. Clarissa is mainly used in the English, German, and Italian languages. It is of Latin origin. Clarissa is a variant form of the English name Clare.
See also the related form, the English and Greek Charissa.
Clarissa is a classic favorite. At present it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but not to the degree it was in the past. The name rose in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1990s. Its usage peaked modestly in 1995 with 0.062% of baby girls being given the name Clarissa. It had a ranking of #239 then. The baby name has experienced a fall in frequency since then. In 2015, its usage was 0.021% and its ranking #700, but it was nonetheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. In 2015, Clarissa was 5.051% more popular than the next ranked name, Clare.
A baby name that sounds like Clarissa is the Italian name Calogera.
† Pronunciation for Clarissa: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"