Larissa Name Meaning & Origin

Larissa

Pronunciation: lah-RIS-ə (key)

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).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Lara, Larisa, Laryssa, Rissa

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Larissa is the biggest city of the Thessaly region of Greece
In Greek Mythology Larissa was a nymph and one of Neptune's Lovers
Larissa is the planet Netune's 4th largest moon

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Traditionally (in Eastern Europe), the name is pronounced differently than in the United States - La-reee-sa.

My name is Larissa and I love it. Usually I go by the nickname Lari.

I think it's a beautiful name!

Nicknames for Larissa: | Edit

Lara, Rissa, Risa, Laris, Lars, Lari, Larry, Lacy, Lacey, Lar

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Cheerful One

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Larisa Semyonovna Latynina- Soviet gymnast. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. Her total of 18 Olympic medals was a record for 48 years.

Saint Larissa- (died c.375), an early martyr venerated by the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches

Larissa Kelly (born 1980) - American scholar and Jeopardy! winner

Larisa Oleynik-American actress known for the popular television series, The Secret World of Alex Mack, The Baby-Sitters Club and 10 Things I Hate About You

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From the book Doctor Zhivago, written by Boris Pasternak and published in 1957. The main character's (Yuri Zhivago) wife's full name is Larissa Feodorovna Guishar although the character is better known by her nickname, Lara, throughout the book.

In Greek mythology the nymph Larissa was a daughter of the primordial man Pelasgus.

Larissa named doll, Groovy Girls

Larissa is a character in the book "The Giver."

Larissa and Colt on 90-day Fiance

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