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Nerissa meaning and name origin

Nerissa \n(e)-rissa, ner(is)-sa\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Narissa, Naryssa, Nericcia and Neryssa.

For more information, see also the related name Nerine.

Nerissa is also pronounced similarly to Norissa. Other suggested similar baby names are Cerissa, Lerissa, Merissa, Neris, Neriss and Neryss.

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Popularity of Nerissa

Nerissa is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2774 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Nerissa name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Nerissa with its variant forms and related girl baby names.


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