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Karissa is an upbeat and lighthearted baby name for girls that dates back to ancient Greece. It comes from the word “charis,” meaning “grace” or “kindness.” As of 2021 in America, Karissa is a top 4,300 option.

Meaning of the name Karissa:

English: grace, kindness

Origin of the name Karissa:

Karissa is a spelling variation of the name Charissa. Charissa is the elaborated version of Charis. Edmund Spencer used the title in a poem called “The Faerie Queene” in 1590. Charis is an ancient Greek title and the feminine form of Chares. Chares comes from the Greek word “charis,” popularized in the fourth century because of an Athenian general.

Symbolism of the name Karissa:

Karissa dates back to the ancient Greek name Charis. Charis is the feminine form of Chares, which comes from the word “charis.” “Charis” translates to “grace” or “kindness,” giving Karissa the same translation.

Style of the name Karissa:

Traditional

Gender of the name Karissa:

Karissa is an upbeat name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Karissa:

kuh-RIS-uh

Number of syllables in the name Karissa:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Karissa:

Karissa feels youthful and upbeat. It is a wholesome and natural baby name.

Alternative spellings for the name Karissa:

Nicknames for the name Karissa:

Popularity of the name Karissa:

Karissa was first a top 1,000 baby name in America in 1977 at rank 969. It remained on the Social Security Popularity Index until 2013 at number 968. Karissa did best in 1991 at rank 306. As of 2021, Karissa is a top 4,300 option at 4,284.

Related names for the name Karissa:

Great middle names for Karissa and their meanings:

  • Skye (island of clouds, sky, clouds)
  • Faye (loyalty, belief)
  • Jean (God is gracious)
  • Rae (ewe, female sheep)
  • Faith (to trust)
  • Lanae (precious)
  • Rochelle (little rock, rest)
  • Marie (star of the sea)

Famous people with the name Karissa:

  • Karissa Shannon (model)
  • Karissa Staples (actress, “Betting on the Bride”)
  • Karissa Whitsell (Paralympic cyclist)
  • Karissa Schweizer (long distance runner)

Karissas in popular culture:

  • Karissa the Hedgehog (character from “Sonic the Hedgehog” series)