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

Larissa Origin and Meaning

The name Larissa is a girl's name of Greek, Russian origin meaning "citadel".

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 feminine names as Melissa and Marissa but are seeking something a bit fresher.

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Pop Culture References for the name Larissa

Lara, Larisa, Laurissa, Laryssa, Larryssa, Lorissa, Lyssa, Larissah, Laurissah, Risa, Lerissa, Laressa, Lissa, Larrissa


knares713 Says:


I'm Larissa Beth - and love my name too! Rissa is my nickname as well, practically everyone calls me that. When I first met my now-husband, he thought I had said my name was "Clarissa." He later told me (only slightly kidding) that that would have been a deal-breaker. I'm glad I have the name that I do - I really don't care for any of the variations, most especially not Clarissa.

bstevens09 Says:


I think it is a timeless sounding name.

Bobcat108 Says:


This was my top choice 17+ years ago for my daughter, but my ex vetoed it as he already had a niece named Marissa (although the girls have never lived in the same state). I had always read that the meaning of the name was "laughing," & I thought that that was such a nice vibe to give a baby.

Larissa N Says:


My name is Larissa Shea (middle name), and I've always loved it. My family calls me Ris or Rissa. I do often have to clarify that it's not Alyssa, Clarissa, or Marissa, but that's partially my fault because I have a WV accent and a quiet voice.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I think this name is really pretty and still easy to pronounce.

jojobabyberry Says:


I really like this.

sistergoldenhair Says:


my mother-in-law's name and i think it's ok for a older woman but for a girl it would be absolutely ridiculous

mabespark Says:


It's so fresh and pretty. For those worried about nicknames, I knew a Larissa {she was about seven-ish} who went by her full name as well as Rissa and Rissy.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I love this name! I'm surprised Larissa is not more popular. It is so pretty.

larkub101 Says:


As a proud Larissa, I must say my name receives numerous compliments. Personally, I agree that it is a clever and lovely alternative to the other -issa's with whom I am surrounded.

CocoWhite Says:


Larissa sounds incomplete to me, like someone chopped off the first few letters. I'd go with the fuller-sounding Clarissa instead.