Larisa Name Meaning & Origin

Larisa

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Origin of the name Larissa:

Borrowed from the Russian, Larisa is a name of uncertain derivation. Some believe it to be derived from the name of an ancient city of Thessaly; others feel it may be derived from the Latin hilaris (cheerful).

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It is of Greek origin.

Personal experiences with the name Larisa: | Edit

I have a friend named Larisa and even researched and found its 3 meanings it pulls from a greek word (Larus) which means bird. It also has two other meanings sweet and pleasant.

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We call my sister Resa

My name is Larisa also; my family calls me Risa, Risi, Reese, and my great grandma doesn't call me any of those. She calls me Ashli, my middle name. I also don't like it when people say (LAH-riss-AH), it sounds too prissy; (LAH-rees-AH) sounds better to me, in my opinion.

Meanings and history of the name Larisa: | Edit

Larisa means "Cheerful One."
Larisa ("LAH-ree-sa") is a city in Greece.

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Larisa Oleynik, actress

Larisa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Russian given names traditionally have a diminutive, used when the child is young. Larisa is the diminutive of Lara. Lara (Laura) means "laurel tree" so Larisa is "little laurel tree." Larisa was a main character in "Dr. Zhivago." I named my daughter from the 1965 movie of "Dr. Zhivago" which I saw in my teens. Later I realized only her mother and Komarovsky (the villain who seduced her as a teenager) called her Larisa. She was called Lara by Yuri Zhivago.
"Lara's Theme" from "Dr. Zhivago" soundtrack. When I heard the music (no words) played throughout the movie, I thought, "This is the most beautiful song I've ever heard - it's happy and sad at the same time." "Lara's Theme" doesn't need any words, so I've never listened to the lyrics later given to the tune.

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