Gender: Female Meaning of Marissa: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved + famous battle" Origin of Marissa: Variation of Maris or a combination of Maria + Louisa Marissa's Popularity in 2019: #878

Marissa Origin and Meaning

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

Pretty feminissima name that never became as overused as cousin Melissa. The more streamlined Maris is a more modern sounding option.

Namesakes include Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!.

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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Rank in US: #878

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Violet_Rose Says:


I personally prefer older and more aristocratic names but for some reason I've always been partial to this otherwise ordinary name. It just hits that sweet spot of not being overly used and still being familiar. The only problems with it I've read is Marissas are sometimes called Melissa, Carissa, Miranda, etc. insert other 80s-90s girl name here. so I can imagine it would get mildly annoying but overall I think it's a good choice.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Pretty name

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I know a girl named Marissa. She's two years younger. The name fits perfectly.

Nozomi Says:


I perfer Melissa but Marissa is also lovely!

Mari Dawn Says:


My name is Marisa. Which is the original version, since it's a Spanish name and they don't do double consonants. The Americanized version has become more popular, probably because of its similarity to Melissa.

wavygirl Says:


Nice alternative to Melissa and Alissa

melissa Says:


who is marissa?
and i like that name so far.