Clarissa
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Clarissa is also the title of the 18th Century epistolary novel -- Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady (1747-48) written by Samuel Richardson.
-- Anonymous User  9/3/2005
Clarissa is the name of Mrs. Dalloway in the novel with the same name by Virginia Woolf.
-- Elphi  12/22/2005
I absolutely adore this name. It sounds so cute and is very beautiful. I also love Claire, but can't decide which one I like best.
-- iwant2baurora  12/25/2005
In the movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", Clarissa is the first name of Saunders.
-- Anonymous User  3/23/2006
Clarissa is my name and I like it, but I think it's a bit too girly for me. :)
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2006
A very lovely name. Just lovely!
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2006
Clarissa Darling was the main character of the TV show "Clarissa Explains It All".
-- clicktrack  7/7/2006
I'm quite fond of Clarissa, though I fear its perception as "prissy."
-- Wordsmith  12/22/2006
Very beautiful. I actually would prefer 'Carissa' were it a real, traditionally used name (Clarissa was in use in the Middle Ages, and revived in the 18th century). But I like Clarissa a whole lot too.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
Clarisse is a daughter of Ares (or demi-god) in the book the Lightning Theif.
-- Akito  5/24/2008
A famous bearer was the Countess of Avon - Clarissa Eden (born Anne Clarissa Spencer Churchill, niece of Sir Winston Churchill), who married British statesman Sir Anthony Eden, created Earl of Avon.
-- Jonquil  8/29/2008
It's a lovely name, so feminine and sensual, when I hear this name I imagine a beautiful girl or woman.
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2008
The Italian pronunciation is klah-RREESS-sah.
-- presentperfect  12/23/2008
This name is very beautiful and unique.
-- Anonymous User  2/12/2009
Clarissa Fray is the main character of the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, by Cassandra Clare. She goes by the nickname "Clary".
-- Phoenix_Rising  10/23/2009
I used to not like Clarissa (most -issa names I find too "girly", and even obnoxious), but it has grown on me. At the moment, I can't figure out if I like Clarissa, Clarice, or Claire the most.
-- erb816  12/27/2009
Just add lace.
-- lucyskydiamonds  1/17/2010
Clarissa is the name of one of the 'Two Fat Ladies' a wonderful British Cooking programme on T.V. I think she's the one who's still living.
-- Anton  3/9/2010
As for my earlier debate between Clarissa, Clarice, and Claire (which later became Clare), I realized that Clara is the best of all the variants. Clarissa is still okay, though.
-- erb816  6/23/2010
I think this is really a rather charming, gentrified and pleasant name. Lovely :)
-- walesgal92  8/17/2010
I love this name! I think it's incredibly beautiful. I like it better than Clara (which is nice too, though).
-- bananarama  10/30/2010
I think Clarissa is a wonderful name that has never been overused. It's very feminine so no one will ever mistake Clarissa for a male. I think it's also a name that can grow and mature as needed. I am not fond of nicknames, but I once knew a girl named Clarissa and her nickname was Rissa.
-- GibsonGirl  8/16/2011
Clarissa Chun (born 1981 in Honolulu, Hawaii, US) is an American wrestler.
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2012
It sounds sort of cutesy. :P I don't know why. It's not something I would name my kids.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2013
This is definitely a girly name but I like it. It's pretty. It makes a nice sound when spoken and looks pretty when written.
-- kvpp88  10/15/2014
Beautiful. Doesn't get more regal, strong or feminine. Just lovely.
-- Anonymous User  2/8/2015
Clarissa Fray is the main character of the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, by Cassandra Clare. She goes by the nickname "Clary".
Clarisse is a daughter of Ares (or demi-god) in the book the Lightning Theif.
-- katris.priordeen  8/17/2015

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