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Clarissa Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Clarissa is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Clarissa is "clear, bright".  

It is also of Greek origin, where its meaning is "brilliant" and Italian origin, where its meaning is "fame".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 765  in baby name popularity for girls with 362 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Clarissa Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Clarissa has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Clarissa to other names.


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Related Names

Clarissa is a form of the name Clarice.

The names Clarisa, Claritia are all forms of Clarissa.

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Just for fun, see the name Clarissa in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Italian children normally receive one or two given names.

Italian babies are frequently named after family members, Roman Catholic saints including local patron saints and other biblical figures. Traditionally, the first born son was named after the father's father, the first daughter after the father's mother, the second son after the mother's father, and the second daughter after the mother's mother. Some Italians still follow this custom today.

Many Italian male given names end in -o or -e while female names often end in -a and -e.

Nicknames may be formed for almost any name by adding a variety of suffexes including -ino/-ina, -etto/-etta, -ello/-ella, -uccio/-uccia, -uzzo/-uzza. These endings can the be used for example to turn Paola to Paoletta and Donato into Donatello.