What does Nerissa mean?
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.
Related girl name: Nerine.Kreatif forms:
(female) Nerisca, Norsa, ..
(male) Nerisin, Nerissim, ..
How 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 (#1352 in 2014), Marisha, Marissa (#473), Marrissa, Maryssa, Merissa and Nereida are the prominent variation forms of Nerissa (not ranked). Other variants, like Morisa, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Nerissa reached its most widespread in 1995 (median #1221) and is now significantly reduced. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nerissa and associated names. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Nerissa is alike in pronunciation to Norissa. Other recommended names are Brissa, Carissa▼, Cerisa, Cerissa, Cerisse, Chrissa, Clerissa, Corissa, Crissa, Darissa, Delissa, Denissa, Jelissa, Jeressa, Karissa▼, Korissa, Krissa, Larissa▼, Lerissa, Lorissa, Melissa▼, Narcissa, Narkissa, Narsissa, Nerice, Nerina, Neris, Neriss, Neriya, Nerys, Neryss, Nessa, Nissa, Parissa, Sarissa, Sherissa, Teressa and Trissa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nerissa.