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Gender: F Origin of Elissa: Variation of Alice or Elizabeth

The Elissa version of a long-popular name is fading in favor of Alyssa, Eliza and other variants. The legion of other forms and spellings includes Alissa, Allissa, Allyssa, Alyssa, Elissah, Ellisa, Ellissa, Ellyssa, Elys, Elyssa, Elyssia, Ilissa, Ilysa, Ilyssa, Lissa, Lissie, Lissy Lyssa.

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Famous People Named Elissa

Elissa Wall, American memoirist and ex-fundamentalist Mormon
Elissa Landi, Italian-American actress
Elissa, Lebanese singer
Elissa Down, Australian film director

Pop Culture References for the name Elissa

Elissa, another name for the queen Dido, legendary founder and queen of Carthage
Elissa Cassidy, character in movie "House at the End of the Street"
Elissa Megan Powers, main character in manga "Empowered"

ELISSA: Greek myth name of a queen who fell in love with Aeneas, and set herself on fire when he left her. She is also known by the Phoenician name Dido, meaning "wanderer."