Gender: Female Meaning of Marisa: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + famous battle" Origin of Marisa: Italian and Spanish combination of Maria and Louisa

Marisa Origin and Meaning

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

A name made famous by Marisas Berenson and Tomei, never became as saturated as its cousin Melissa, so still a feasible choice. Marisa is one of those Spanish and Italian names for girls that sounds at once exotic and familiar, which makes it truly an international choice.

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).

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Marisa's International Variations

Marijse, Marysa (Dutch) Marita (Spanish) Marisha (Russian) Maritza (German)


MarisaRath Says:


Marisa is not a variation of Marissa. It is a variation of Maria. It is Spanish, where they don't add double consonants to names except to change the pronunciation. Marisa with one S came to this country first. Marissa is a variation of Marisa. I suppose it doesn't really matter. It's however you choose to spell it. The two S version is the more popular choice.

Mari Dawn Says:


This is my name, and I've always liked it. I've only known a few other Marisa's. This is the Spanish spelling, the original. Some people try to spell it with two s's which is the American version. My guess is because people see it as similar to Melissa.

Chicmommy Says:


This is really high on my list and I just love picturing a cute little Marisa!

marisarose Says:


This is my name and I think it is beautiful. I've never been teased about it and I get compliments on it all the time, especially because of the one s vs ss. I do pronounce it Ma-RIS-a vs Ma-REES-a, but my spanish aunt calls me Ma-REES-a and I still think it's lovely.