Larisa Name Meaning & Origin
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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We call my sister Resa
My name is Larisa also; my family calls me Risa, Risi, Reese.
- Meanings and history of the name Larisa
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
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.