Lisa Name Meaning & Origin

Lisa

Pronunciation: LEE-sə (key)

Origin of the name Lisa:

Short form of Elizabeth (God is my oath) that is now commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Elisa, Leesa, Lesa, Liza

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What a top name!

This is the name of the subject of one of the world's most famous paintings, the 'Mona Lisa', the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci.

Lisa was one of the top names of the 1960s and 1970s. Most people with this name are now in their 30s and 40s. Very few babies get this name now.

Ilsa, Isla and Lisa are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968. I definitely think this had something to do with the name's rise in popularity in the 60's and 70's.

Personal experiences with the name Lisa: | Edit

I have always been around multiple Lisas because I was born in in 74. I didn't have a problem with it and was always thankful for it as my middle name is Sunshine and my maiden name rhymes with a swear word! I tell my daughter that is blessed to have always loved her names (Autumn Sunshine & my husband's ethnic name). I believe that it is because it is currently trendy to give your child an unusual name. My sister is a Jennifer & she had another half sister named.....Lisa! Lol
I always had multiple Lisas in every class, so I got used to being Lisa S. Then we got another Lisa S. and we both had to go to the first two letters of our last names. I was Lisa Su which was OK because it sounded like Lisa Sue. She had to be Lisa Sr (or Lisa SIR) for the next six years. She's probably still in therapy.

I had THREE other Lisas in my 4th grade class, and two of us had close sounding last names, so we had to write our full names on all papers, while everyone else just had to write their first ones. Kids started calling us all by our last names, which I HATED. I hated having such a common name as everyone else. 4 Lisas in one small class (it was a private school) was utterly ridiculous. I moved to a different state 3 years later, where there were less Lisas, thank God. I don't know any Lisas today... not sure where they all went. Are they dying off at an early age? Anyway, I don't mind the name anymore. At least I only had to fill our 4 bubble dots on all those state mandatory tests each year.

To the above: well, it's like John, in my 6th grade class there were 3 Johns, so the teacher called them John Smith, John Jones, and John Allen when she called on them or referred to them.

I worked at a place where there were 2 Johns, so the co-workers referred to them as "Big John" and "Little John". Later a third John came on board, and to designate him from the other 2 Johns, the co-workers referred to him as "Porta-John". I heard one of the older women there telling someone "He doesn't know that he's Porta-John." Poor Porta-John!

My name is Lisa and I always really liked my name growing up. I should add that I am a Lisa born in the early 1990s, not the 60's/70's when it was a ridiculously popular name. In fact, I never went to school with another Lisa until high school. While I had multiple friends named Sarah, Rachel and Jennifer, I was the only Lisa. Lisa is a classic, pretty name and is not to common but "out there". It's cute on a little girl and classy on an adult. Now as an adult I still love being named Lisa. Other than the fact that many of
my friends had moms named Lisa, I never got teased because of my name and really grew to love it. I think it would be a great name on any little girl, even though it's heyday was in the 60's/70's.

My name is Lisa and I used to hate my name when I was younger but now, at 17, I love it. Everyone calls me LEECE though, which I like even more. I was the only Lisa in all of my schools, which was great. I enjoyed being the only Lisa while there are countless sara(h)'s, megans, & jennifers.

My full name is Elizabeth, but I have always gone by Lisa (one of Elizabeth's various "nicknames"). I was born in the early 1980's after the heyday of the name Lisa and, like many others, came into contact with very few Lisa's while growing up. I've always liked my name, well, both of my names and even though I have always had the option to go by "Liz," "Beth," or some other variant of the name Elizabeth I've chosen to stick with Lisa.

I know one Lisa, which is quite un uncommon name in Wales. It's funny because her sister's name is Sian, and hr brother's name is Rhys, two very common Welsh names, and then she's Lisa, which isn't Welsh at all. It's pronounced Lis-ah rather than the usual Lis-uh.

I'm an 80's Lisa, from the UK, and also did not have many other Lisas in my classes, in fact there was only one other Lisa in my class at secondary school and one at uni.
There was always one teacher, usually male, that would insist on calling me 'Liza', even though my name is 'Lisa' and that still happens, some people even call me Lizabet, I like that, though it is not my given name. At school people often misheard me when asking my name and called me Louisa and strangely, 'Sarah' :/
I liked my name and still do but I didn't like the teasing at primary school.. too many nicknames - LeeLee, LisaPizza and many others :( no-one teases me about it now

My name is Lisa and I'm only a teenager. I've never been teased about it or anything and I quite like it because I am the only one out of every person I know with the name Lisa. I have been asked if its a nickname for elizabeth and I know for sure that I would really hate to be called elizbeth because Its one of those names that every female character gets called in a movie and all that. Anyway, all I'm saying is that I'm glad I'm not just another Ashley or Sarah or Caitlin.

My good friend's name is Lisa. I like the name

Nicknames for Lisa: | Edit

Lis, Li/Lee, Liz, Liza, Li Li, Leese, Lise, Lisa Pizza, Lisa Polisa, Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, Lisle, Liska, Li-Lo, Lil, Lisa-Lou, Lanky Lisa, Lou, Lily-Jane, Leesee-lou, Lizabet, LeeLee, Lisa Stansfield, Liserle

Meanings and history of the name Lisa: | Edit

God is bountiful
God Is My Oath
God has sworn

From the Hebrew 'Elisheba'

This is also the pronunciation of the word "fox" in Russian. Perhaps some of the Lisas who are lamenting how common the name is in their cohort can take some secret pleasure in claiming the handsome, clever fox as a totem animal - or just considering themselves foxy!

"Honey Bee" - Greek. I have a 'name meaning' poster for the name 'Lisa' which states this meaning; although I have never seen it elsewhere, I, an atheist Lisa, prefer it to the common meanings.

Lis is also French for the Lily flower.

Famous real-life people named Lisa: | Edit

Lisa Marie Presley, singer
Lisa Kudrow, actress
Lisa Loeb, singer-songwriter
Lisa Edelstein, actress
Lisa Rinna, actress
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, singer
Lisa Bonet, actress
Lisa Stansfield, singer/actress
Lisa Kelly, singer, toured with riverdance, Mezzo soprano in Celtic Woman
Lisa Whelchel, actress (The Facts of Life)
Lisa Schwartz- American internet personality (@lisbug)
Lisa Origliasso, singer (The Veronicas)
Baby Lisa, who went missing in 2011

Lisa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Lisa Simpson, intellectual and sensitive daughter of Homer and Marge on "The Simpsons"
"Mona Lisa," Nat King Cole song
"Sad Lisa," Cat Stevens song (although he pronounces it "Leeza")
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (80s band)
"Losing Lisa", a song by Ben Folds
"Lisa Baby", a song by the group WALK THE MOON
"I'm Not Lisa", pop song by country music artist Jessi Colter 1975
"Life Without Lisa," Bowling for Soup song
Lisa Douglas, glamorous wife of Oliver on the 1960s TV series "Green Acres", played by Eva Gabor
Lisa Dingle, character in the UK soap Emmerdale
"Lisa Marie", a song by Lil' Wayne

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