Meaning and Name Origin
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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Marissa and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Marissa (#473 in 2014) are Mary (#120 in 2014), Marisa and Maritza. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in 1994 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the versions Maritza and Marisa becoming less stylish. Marissa (#473) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
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.