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Gender: Female Meaning of Marisa: "of the sea" Origin of Marisa: Italian and Spanish variation of Maris, Marissa

The name Marisa is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian origin meaning "of the sea". Marisa and is often added to lists like Names to Substitute for Melissa and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven/Hell/Purgatory Themed Girls".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Marisa

Marisa Tomei, American actress
Marisa Lee Miller, American model
(Vittoria) Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson, Italian actress
Marisa Merlini, Italian actress
Marisa Carolina Ramirez, American actress
Marisa Michelle Warrington, English-Australian actress
Claudia (Marisa) Ruggerini, Italian partisan
Marisa Julia Siketa, Australian actress
Marisa Kennedy, American actress
Marisa de Azevedo Monte, Brazilian pop singer
Marisa Silver, American author, screenwriter and film director

Pop Culture References for the name Marisa

Marisa Coulter, character in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
Marisa, main character in Barbara Cartland's "Lessons in Love"
Marisa Kirisame, main character in Touhou Project
Marisa Clark, character on TV's "K.C. Undercover"

Marisa's International Variations

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