[ 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 rather popular as a baby girl name. 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 2012, its usage was 0.023% and its ranking #632, but it was nonetheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. In 2012, Clarissa was 19% 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)"