Origin: Latin

Meaning: “most bright; most famous”
also Greek: “brilliant”

Best Nicknames
Clarie, Clarrie, Clary, Clarry, Cissy, Rissa, Rissie

Variations and Sound Alikes:
Clairesa, Clairessa, Clairissa, Claresa, Claressa, Clarisse,
Clarissia, Clariza, Clerissa, Clorissa, Klarisa, Klarissa

Clarissa TV and Movie Quotes:
“You are a class act, Clarissa.” Society (1989)
“I’m not Clarissa, Lawrence. Jody Foster wasn’t even Clarissa.
She was Clarice.” The Practice: Eat and Run (2002)
“Oh, put a cork in it, Clarissa.” What a Girl Wants (2003)

Famous people named Clarissa or its variations

1. Clarissa Burt (b. 1959), model, actress, TV personality
2. Clarissa Dickson Wright (b. 1947), English celebrity chef
3. Clarissa Ward, journalist, ABC News correspondent

Clarissa Middle Names
Clarissa Anne
Clarissa Holly
Clarissa Jeanne
Clarissa Nicole
Clarissa Sybil

Leave a comment below.

  1. Not Clarissa says:

    Larissa (Lara) – I had a friend like this. She was named Clarissa, which became Larissa, which became Lara

  2. Clarissa says:


  3. Clarissa says:

    My nickname is Rissa, Rissipit, Rissi meaning chilli in Afrikaans.Because my name is Clarissa my friend says the nickname Lissa fits perfectly with my name.

  4. Clarissa says:

    1. Clarii
    2. Clairbear
    3. Clairbeans (or just beans)
    4. Clair rice
    5. Carissa

  5. Clarissa says:

    1) Clawnut
    2) Cla-rice
    3) Claire Bear
    4) Ga-Nuh
    5) Yaya
    5) Gordis
    6) Mula
    7) Boochie
    8) Reesa

  6. Clarissa says:

    Claire – this is what everyone calls me and its fine.
    ClareBear (please- I am not 6!)
    Claddy (What the HECK?)
    Rissy (I don’t even know)

  7. Clarizzle says:


  8. Clarissa says:

    Names that I have been called:
    1. Clarissa (obviously)
    2. Clary (my favorite)
    3. Cris
    4. Issy (like sissy)
    5. Izzy (not Issy)
    6. Clare
    7. Carey
    8. Cassie
    9. Riss or Rissa
    10. Reese (idk why on this one)

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