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

The name Larisa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "citadel". Larisa and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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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"