Marisa: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marisa
Origin of the name Marisa:
Modern elaboration of Maria, formed by adding the suffix -isa, -issa, as in such names as Louisa (light) and Clarissa (famous, bright).
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Carmel- I have a best friend named Marisa. People most of the time spell her name like "Marissa".
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my name is marisa, pronounced ma-ree-sa. being shy i always had trouble with people pronouncing it- i got scared to correct them. but now that i am older i do not let people call me marissa mah-rih-sa anymore. i love my name, i think it is a strong name and the fact that people mispronounce it has helped me with my shyness a bit, because i would always have to correct the teacher and say, "no, ma-ree-sa, not ma-rih-sa" which was very scary for me. only people who don't know me have called me ma-rih-sa.
nicknames i have include reese, risa/reesa, marise, mars, but i mostly get "reese." most people just call me marisa though.
My middle name is Marisa, pronounced mah-ri-sa (born in 1982).
pros: It is a pretty name that flows well with other names and last names. It is easy to spell and easy to pronounce.
cons: I can't think of any.
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I wouldn't say this name is a modern elaboration. I have heard that Marisa / Marissa is essentially a combination of Maria and Luisa, but it could have its own meaning, depending on where you're getting your information. It was used relatively frequently in Italy in the early-mid 1900's.
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Marisa Berenson, actress and model
Marisa Tomei, actress
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