Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday's Name Game

Name:  Clarissa
Gender:  Gender
Character From:  Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Meanings and history of the name Clarissa:
  • Form of Clara, from Latin, meaning "clear, shining"
Personal Experience:
  • None...what about you?
Places name Clarissa:
  • Clarissa Minnesota, United States.
  • Clarissa Falls, a resort in Belize.
  • Clarissa Street is a historical street in Rochester, New York that had once been a cultural and commercial center of the city.
Famous real-life people named Clarissa: 
  • Clarissa Childs, American golfer, DOB March 23, 1974
  • Clarissa Scott Delany (1901-1927), American poet
  • Clarissa Kaye, Australian stage, film and television actress
  • Clarissa Eden, Countess of Avon (born Anne Clarissa Spencer-Churchill
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estés, American poet, psychoanalyst, and author
Clarissa in song, story & screen:
  • Clarissa Harlowe, heroine of Samuel Richardson's novel "Clarissa"
  • Clarissa Darling, main character in T.V. show "Clarissa Explains It All"
  • Clarissa Dalloway, protagonist of Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"
  • Clarissa Harlowe, from Samuel Richardson’s popular novel Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady. 
  • Clarissa Spenlow, from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield.

List adapted from

These are just some I know...what about you?


  1. What a fun meme! No, I don't have any personal experiences with anyone named Clarissa either.

  2. Cool post! I've never met anyone named Clarissa, although I used to love Clarissa Explains It All.

  3. Neat idea for a feature! It's interesting that sometimes name choices in novels hold a lot more significance than we as readers realize.

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  5. Whenever I hear this name I always think of Clarissa Explains It All. :P


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