Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Karis

Karis and Caris developed as variations of Charis, which itself was derived from the Greek word χαρις (charis) meaning “grace, kindness”. Although rare, usage of Charis as a female given name among English people surfaced in the 17th century toward the end of the Reformation. Puritans and other dissenting Christians adopted the name in celebration of the religious virtue of “charity” – which is more about non-amorous Christian love (love of God and love of our fellow man in the neighborly sense). In the classical, non-religious sense, that is, in pre-Christian Greek mythology, the Charities were generally personified by three women: Aglaea (Splendor), Euphrosyne (Mirth) and Thalia (Good Cheer). They had more to do with the concepts of Grace and Beauty rather than with the “charity” the Puritans had in mind. Both cultural references have very positive meanings. The word Charity – and thus Karis – conjures up not just notions of grace and kindness, but of joy, generosity and love.

All About the Baby Name – Karis

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME KARIS

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME KARIS

Karis is a very rare name in the United States. She first appeared on the naming charts in 2004, dropped off in 2007 and recently returned in 2011. In all cases, Karis has remained at the very bottom of the Top 1000 list. This name is a hidden gem in our opinion. It’s short and sweet, easy to say and easy to spell, yet loaded with optimistic meaning. Sir Michael Philip Jagger of The Rolling Stones named his first daughter Karis in 1970; and we know old Mick has great taste in names as evidenced by his six other children: Jade, Elizabeth, James, Georgia May, Gabriel and Lucas. Whether you chose this name in a nod to Christian charitable love (which is the greatest virtue of them all); or if you like the name for its personification of Grace and Beauty in the classical sense – you can’t seem to go wrong with a name like Karis. It’s truly unique without trying so hard to be different.

Quick Facts

ON KARIS

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

936

PRONUNCIATION:

KAHR-iss; KARE-iss

SIMPLE MEANING:

Grace, kindness

Characteristics

OF KARIS

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Karis

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KARIS

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ON KARIS

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Famous People

NAMED KARIS

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NAMED KARIS

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KARIS

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