What does Marissa mean?
Marissa /mar-is-sa/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Marissa for girls. Marissa entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #53 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #473. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Marissa and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Marissa (#473 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Mary (#120 in 2014), Marisa and Maritza. Forms like Marris are uncommon. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in 1994 (usage of 0.8293%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3518%, ▼57.6%), with the versions Maritza and Marisa becoming less stylish. Marissa (#473) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Marissa▲ is pronounced similarly to Mareesa, Mareisa, Marysa, Maurisa, Maurissa and Morisa. Other recommended similar baby names are Carissa▼, Darissa, Karissa▼, Larissa▼, Malissa▼, Marika, Mariska, Mariske, Maritsa, Marlissa, Marsha▼, Marsia, Marysia, Narissa, Parissa and Sarissa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marissa.