Carissa \c(a)-rissa, car(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced ka-RISS-ah. It is of Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Carissa is "beloved; grace". Simplified spelling of Charissa, from Charis. Also possibly an elaborated form of Cara or Carys. Used by Edmund Spencer in his epic 1590 poem "The Faerie Queene".
For more information, see also the related name Charity.