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Gender: F Meaning of Larissa: "citadel" Origin of Larissa: Variation of Larisa, Greek and Russian

Larissa is a nymph name that's daintily pretty and a fresh alternative to Melissa or Alyssa. Though this is the more common variation in the Western World, the original is actually Larisa.

And though it may sound like a typical Edwardian/Victorian appellation, Larissa was hardly heard here before 1967, which was two years after the release of the hit film Doctor Zhivago, whose heroine was Larissa, called Lara, the inspiration for the haunting 'Lara's Theme.'

In Greek mythology, Larissa or Larisa was a nymph who was a daughter of Pegasus and loved by Mercury. In 1991, her name was given to a moon of Neptune, in honor of the nymph.

Today, Larissa is a very attractive yet underused choice that might appeal to parents who like such ultra-feminine names as Melissa and Marissa but are seeking something a bit fresher.

Famous People Named Larissa

Saint Larissa, 4th century Goth martyr
Larissa Hope Wilson, English actress
Larissa França, Brazilian beach volleyball player
Larissa Joy Waters, Australian Senator
Larissa Costa (Silva de Oliveira), Miss Brazil 2009
Larissa Ramos (Costa), Brazilian Miss Earth 2009
Larissa Lai, Canadian novelist
Larissa Tahireh "Lara" Giddings, Australian politician, 44th premier of Tasmania
Larissa Meek, American beauty queen and reality TV personality
Larissa del Mar Fiallo (Scanlón), Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2004
Larissa Mabel Riquelme (Frutos), Paraguayan model and actress

Pop Culture References for the name Larissa

Larissa, Greek nymph
Larissa, minor character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
Larissa, capital of Thessaly, Greece
Larissa, moon of Neptune

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