Marisa Name Meaning & Origin

Marisa

Pronunciation: mah-REE-sə, mah-RI-sə (key)

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).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Marissa, Mariza

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Nicknames for Marisa

Mars,
Marcy,
Risa,
Misa,
Missy
Martisa,
Mariso

Meanings and history of the name Marisa

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.

Famous real-life people named Marisa

Marisa Berenson, actress and model
Marisa Tomei, actress
Marisa Pavan, actress and twin sister of actress Pier Angeli

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