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Gender: Female Meaning of Nerissa: "from the sea" Origin of Nerissa: Greek

The name Nerissa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "from the sea". Nerissa and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ocean and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

An offbeat possible replacement for the overused Melissa and Marisa, Nerissa was used by Shakespeare for Portia's witty confidante in The Merchant of Venice. Queen Elizabeth has a cousin named Nerissa.

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Silverlight Says:


I've always loved this name.

John Sage Says:


Sounds like a witch's name