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Origin: French
Meaning: Tender Touch

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Carissa

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Carissa in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Carissa:

  • Records indicate that 26,461 girls in the United States have been named Carissa since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1992, when 1,156 people in the U.S. were given the name Carissa. Those people are now 29 years old.

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    Comments about the name Carissa

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      13 Positive Comments

  • "My name is KieriDot Tuttle, and my sister's name is Carissa Tuttle, Soon to be Carissa Hood. she is getting married, Anyways, I think the name Carissa should be pronounced: Ca-Riss-Aw, Thank you for reading" Aug. 21, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name, I used to hate it and want the name Rebecca or Lily or something know, NORMAL! Then, I realized that our world is way too ordinary and we all strive to be the best (best meaning most standardized). I love my name now (it is originally a Greek name, just a fun fact!), and I totally agree with all the Carissa's that are commenting. Clarissa, Crystal, and Carrrrrrrrrissa is NOT my name! I may have exaggerated on the R's though...yeah. I have only met one other person in my entire life with the name and that makes me feel so happy to be unique and one of a kind." Mar. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "As I grew up in Florida with Carissa bushes in my yard and Carissa fruit to eat....I love the name. Do people realize it is the same name as the fruit? Also see these bushes and fruit growing in San Diego." Mar. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being named Carissa. i get compliments for it often. being told how beautiful and unique is it. alot of people have a hard time pronouncing it correctly, they call me Crissy, and i enjoy it, but i hate when the select few call me Cari, so i have to sound my name out for them i have learned that "CuhRISSuh" really gets the point across quicker." Feb. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I love it as well. I get so many compliments on it and I love that my name is unique and that it isn't a name that you hear very often" Jan. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carissa and up until a few years ago i had never even heard of anyone with the same name. I can never find my name on keychains and when i was little i thought it was weird and didn't like it but now i absolutely love it! People sometimes pronounce it Charissa coz there is another girl in my school named Charissa, but other than that most people are good...except for the spelling..i've even gotten Kahrisa before!" Nov. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I LOVE it. People always tell me how unique and pretty my name is. The only thing that I hate is that people often call me Christa or CLarissa which is annoying, but whatever!" Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I LOVE it. People always tell me how unique and pretty my name is. The only thing that I hate is that people often call me Christa or CLarissa which is annoying, but whatever!" Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I LOVE it. People always tell me how unique and pretty my name is. The only thing that I hate is that people often call me Christa or CLarissa which is annoying, but whatever!" Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is carrissa so its nearly the same but people always call me clarissa and in very quick to correct them my boyfriends mum is called clarissa so it get confusing." Sep. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my daughter's name. I picked it after she was born cause I didnt have a clue still what I wanted to name her. My first daughter's name is Alayna and I loved it so much and wanted her sister's name to be just as great. People do automatically call her Clarissa, but she is quick to correct them (and she is only 4, lol). We call her Crissy and she seems to love her name and her nickname. I actually work for Social Security so I see a lot of names and it does not seem to be too common." Apr. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "carissa is the best name in the world! but i can't get any keychains or cups or suveniers that you get at those amusement parks with my name on it." Oct. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is also my name. I have names Carizma, Clarissa, Clarise, and everything BUT my name. Its funny because those who dont know me I just tell them my name is Chris, if they dont get it right the first time. Its fun. I love it." Mar. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "yeah carissa is really hard to find cuz thats my name two. i hate it when people miss spell my name but i got use to it." Jul. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      11 Neutral Comments

  • "I think Carissa's are a rare find. They seek to understand, be challenged, and significant in purpose in life. I love my name... I try to always carry myself with poise and extreme honesty." Jan. 1, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love how unique my name is, but I often get a lot of people call me Clarissa, and a lot of people spell my name wrong, or ask me 'how do you spell you name?. I don't let it bother me though, and enjoy having such a unique name." Aug. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Carissa but l always feel as if l gave her a bad name because people fail to understand it because of its uniqueness.Now l can see that is a good name and l now know how to shorten it.I actually liked the meaning though my husband also had never ever heard of it.Hoping in future he will love it." Oct. 31, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have the name Carissa and I love it being my name because it fits me so well and it?s funny when people say Clarissa or spell my name wrong and put carrisa." Mar. 7, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Carissa. My son, who was 4 at the time, came up with the name 2 or 3 days before she was born. He overheard his Dad and I discussing names and said, "How about Carissa?" We thought he said Clarissa, which I don't like. He said no, it was "Carissa". My husband and I liked the name right away. I went to the hospital with two possible names, Carissa or Courtney. When I saw her, I immediately knew she was a Carissa. She has always loved her name and has always received compliments. Her nickname is Rissa, but we usually call her Carissa. Name your daughter Carissa and she may be as beautiful, inside and out, as my daughter!" Feb. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I only know Afew Carissa's but the ones I know have many things in common. They all have are so beautiful and many of them have dark brown hair and golden olive skin. They also are very funny but they sometimes may say something wrong but they ALWAYS apologise immediately. They are also very smart and talented (: pretty much I just adore the name Carissa" Jun. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carissa. i never have anyone call me clarissa, but people do have a hard time spelling it. everyone thinks its spelled carrisa. which doesnt make any sense to me because no names i know are spelled with two r's. my brother and sister used to call me crissa when i was little and i hated it but now i wish more people called me that" Nov. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a carissa but she doesn't believe that her name means tender touch! what a lame-o!" Feb. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Carissa and I love it! When I was a kid I hated it because it was "weird" but now I love mom told me I would too! Anyways, people always call me Clarissa, but I fix it, no biggie! And I ALWAYS et compliments, "oh that is so beautiful!" people say!" Oct. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name "Carissa". It comes from the French word, meaning "Tender touch". You can also make a lot of beautiful nicknames with it. My nickname is "Cari" but you can also do "Carisse / Crissa / Rissa / Issa / Reese". It's a great great name. The only trouble is that a lot of times, people think it's "Clarissa" (which sounds older to me). But it's so easy to correct it. Just say, "That's the one, just remove the L". Parents who name their daughter "Carissa" have good taste and class." Jun. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always get complimented on my name. I like having a unique name even if people say and spell it wrong. I tell them it's, Car like you drive and then issa. Sometimes they'll get it." Jan. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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