What does Larissa mean?
Larissa \l(a)-rissa, lar(is)-sa\ as a girls' name is pronounced la-RISS-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Larissa is "cheerful". Variant of Lara; from the same root as Hilary. Popular in Russia.
Larissa is a very prominent first name for women (#1177 out of 4276, Top 28%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Larissa for girls. Larissa entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #363 in the U.S. in 1994, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Larissa and corresponding names. Lara (#824 the previous year), Lissa, Hilary and Hillary are the popular variation forms of Larissa rated in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its highest in the year 1990 (usage of 0.527%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.0352%, down 93.3%), with the forms Larissa, Hillary, Hilary and Lara becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)