Meaning and Name Origin
Larisa \l(a)-ri-sa\ as a girls' name is of Latin derivation, and the name Larisa means "cheerful". Larisa is a variation of Larissa (Latin): variant of Lara; from the same root as Hilary. A seldom-used given name.
Larisa is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2250 out of 4276, Top 53%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Larisa and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Larisa (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 are Larissa and Lissa. These girl names reached the top of their popularity in 1994 and are now much less popular, with the form Larissa becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)