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pinWhat does Nerissa mean?

Nerissa /ner-is-sa/ as a girls' name is of Italian origin, and the meaning of Nerissa is "black-haired".

From Nericcia. Created by Shakespeare for the name of Portia's waiting woman in "The Merchant of Venice". Also possibly derived from Nereida (Spanish, Greek) "sea nymph" or a variant based on Marisa or Marissa.


Nerissa has 4 variants: Narissa, Naryssa, Nericcia and Neryssa.

Related girl name: Nerine.

Nerissa has 24 more related forms via Marisa, Marissa, Nereida: Mareesa, Mareisa, Maressa, Maricia, Marisa, Marisabel, Marisha, Marisse, Maritza, Mariza, Marrissa, Marysa, Marysia, Maryssa, Meris, Merissa, Meryssa, Moreisa, Morisa, Morissa, Morysa, Nereyda, Nerida and Nireida.

Kreatif forms: Nerisca, Norrissa, Norsa. [more]

pinHow popular is Nerissa?

Nerissa is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2774 out of 4276, Top 65%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Marisa, Marissa (#473 2 years ago), Maritza and Nereida are the prominent variation forms of Nerissa (not ranked). Other variants, like Nereyda, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Nerissa reached its most widespread in 1994 (average #411) and is now significantly reduced (#868, 77.6%). Marissa has been the most well-known version, and Nereida is no longer trendy. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nerissa and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marisa, Marissa, Maritza, Nereida in U.S.

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

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Nerissa is alike in pronunciation to Norissa. Other recommended similar baby names are Cerissa, Lerissa, Neris, Neriss and Neryss. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nerissa.