What does Nerissa mean?
Nerissa /ner-is-sa/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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]
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, Marissa (#473 in 2014), Maritza and Nereida are the prominent variation forms of Nerissa (not ranked). Variants like Nereyda are seldom used. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread in 1994 (usage of 0.5885%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1318%, ▼77.6%), with the forms Marisa, Maritza and Nereida becoming less trendy. Marissa (#473) is the most fashionable birth name here. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nerissa and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)