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What does Marissa mean?

Marissa [mar-is-sa] as a girls' name is pronounced ma-RISS-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Marissa is "of the sea". Variant of Maris.

Associated with: sea.


Marissa has 14 variants: Maressa, Maricia, Marisa, Marisabel, Marisha, Marisse, Maritza, Mariza, Marrissa, Maryssa, Meris, Merissa, Meryssa and Morissa.

Affiliated girl names: Mary and Nerissa.

Marissa has 4 more alternative forms via Maris: Marise, Marris, Marys and Maryse.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Murissa, Mursa, ..

(male) Marce, Marista, ..

How popular is Marissa?

Marissa is a very prominent first name for females (#545 out of 4276, Top 13%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Marissa for girls. Marissa entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #53 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #473. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marissa name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marissa outside U.S.

Below is a graphed analysis of the statistics of Marissa and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Marissa (#473 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000 are Mary (#120 in 2014), Maritza (#1203), Marisa (#1352), Maryssa, Merissa, Marrissa, Maris and Marisha. Other forms, like Marris, are uncommon. These relations of Marissa were favored as birth names in the 1880s (median #1777) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1460, 97%), with versions like Marissa becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marissa, Maris, Marisa, Marisha, Maritza in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marrissa, Mary, Maryssa, Merissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marissa, Mary outside U.S.

Similar Names


Marissa is pronounced similarly to Mareesa, Mareisa, Marysa, Mauresa, Maurisa, Maurissa, Maurizia, Moreisa, Morisa and Morysa. Other recommended names are Amarissa, Brissa, Caressa, Carisa, Carisia, Carisma, Carisse, Carlissa, Cerissa, Clarissa, Jalissa, Janissa, Kalissa, Karessa, Karisa, Karisha, Karisma, Karissa, Karisse, Karyssa, Kharissa, Korissa, Lacrissa, Lerissa, Lorissa, Malisha, Mallissa, Marga, Margisia (see Margaret), Maria, Mariana, Marieke, Mariela, Marika, Mariko, Marilda, Marilisa, Marilla, Marina, Marinda, Marinna, Mariposa, Marisela, Mariska, Marita, Marja, Markessa, Markisha, Marlisha, Marliss, Marlissa, Marlyssa, Marsee, Marseea, Maryka, Marysia, Maurise, Molissa, Narcissa, Narissa, Naryssa, Parisa, Raissa, Sarissa and Sharissa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marissa.