Gender: Female Meaning of Larisa: "citadel" Origin of Larisa: Greek

Larisa Origin and Meaning

The name Larisa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "citadel".

This version of the name of a Greek nymph, based on the ancient city of Larisa, is widely used in Russia thanks to a martyr saint venerated by the Eastern Church.

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SloaneSquare Says:


Thanks for the input!

Too-ticky Says:


It's not that widely used in Russia as Nameberry says. It's out there, but I wouldn't say it's popular, and most Larisas I've met dislike their name and go by Lara. I think it sounds too harsh and I would never use it.
By the way I've never heard of the meaning "citadel" before, all russian naming books say it means "seagull"