Variation of Maris or a combination of Maria + Louisa
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + famous battle"

Marissa Origin and Meaning

The name Marissa is a girl's name meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + famous battle".

Pretty feminissima name that never became as overused as cousin Melissa. The more streamlined Maris is a more modern sounding option.

Namesakes include Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!.

The meaning of Maria is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

# 878 in the US

Marissa Rank in US Top 1000

# 1030 on Nameberry

Marissa Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Marissa Popularity

Famous People Named Marissa

  • Marissa Ann MayerAmerican CEO of Yahoo!
  • Marissa Jaret WinokurAmerican actress and singer
  • Marissa MeyerAmerican novelist
  • Marissa ColemanAmerican basketball player
  • Marissa CastelliAmerican figure skater
  • Marissa IrvinAmerican tennis player
  • Marissa Rachael NadlerAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Marissa Von BleickenAmerican actress and singer
  • (Marissa) Madeline CarrollAmerican actress
  • (Santina) Marissa RibisiAmerican actress; twin of actor Giovanni Ribisi
  • Marissa Ann MazzolaMcMahon, American film producer and pro wrestling figure
  • Marissa Andretti (b. 1990)daughter of racing driver Michael Andretti

Marissa in Pop Culture

  • Marissa Coopercharacter on TV's "The O.C."
  • Marissa Delfinacharacter on TV's "The Beautiful Life"
  • Marissa Taskercharacter on American soap "All My Children"
  • Marissa McClintockcharacter on TV's "House of Lies"
  • Marissa Faireborncharacter in the "Transformers" series
  • Marissa Bensoncharacter from the TV's "Icarly"