Marissa: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Marissa

Marissa

Pronunciation: mah-RI-sə (key)

Origin of the name Marissa:

Modern elaboration of Maria, formed by adding the suffix -isa, -issa, as in such names as Louisa (light) and Clarissa (famous, bright).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Marisa, Mariza

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Comments and insights on the name Marissa: | Edit

Means of the sea. Another spelling is Marisa.

Technically Marisa would be pronounced "Mah-ree-sa" because of the vowel, consonant, vowel pattern. Two consonants would have to be placed after the first vowel to make it short. Simple English!

Personal experiences with the name Marissa: | Edit

I had a really great friend named Marissa. She was really wonderful.
Its mine name and it a great name.

My really good friend is named Marissa. She doesn't like her name and wants to change it, but I think it's a gorgeous and strong name. It also fits her last name well.

My name is Marissa and it has grown on me, although I hated it when I was little. A LOT of people spell it wrong though (Marisa, Marrisa, etc).

My youngest daughter's name is Marissa and she doesn't really like it either but I think it's a really girly, beautiful name. I love all names that end with an "A". They seem really feminine. I think Marissa is so beautiful....it sounds like a princess' name.

My names is Marissa and to be honest I love the name, the one thing that drives me mad is when people mess it up, when I was little I was called Melissa nearly everyday.

It's probably just a coincidence, but every Marissa I've known has been kinda skanky.

Nicknames for Marissa: | Edit

Riss, Rissa
Rissa roo
Mars
Missy, Miss, Rissy
Missa Rissa
Missa
Missa Missa (Like Little Ceasars old theme 'pizza pizza')

Meanings and history of the name Marissa: | Edit

Marissa is latin and it means of the sea.

Famous real-life people named Marissa: | Edit

Marisa Berensen, 70s Italian actress
Marissa Tome, Actress

Marissa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Marissa Cooper in the teen drama, The O.C.

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