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What does Nissa mean?

Nissa Pronunciation of Nissa [nis-sa] as a girls' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Nissa is "to test". Also possibly (Scandinavian) "elf". The name is similar to Vanessa.

Associated with: scandinavian, elf.


Nissa has 4 variants: Nis, Nissanit, Nissnana and Nyssa.

5 more relations via Vanessa: Nessa, Nessie, Nessy, Vanissa and Vinessa.

Creative forms:
(female) Naisa, Nisma, ..

(male) Nisco, Nisni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nissa Amaya (N.A.), ..

How popular is Nissa?

Nissa is an unusual given name for women. Nissa is an equivalently uncommon last name too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Nissa entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #1827 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nissa name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Nissa rated in the Top 2000 are Vanessa (#185 via latest list) and Nyssa. These relations of Nissa were favored as baby names during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.1%, 74.8%), with the form Vanessa becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nissa, Nyssa, Vanessa in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nissa is alike in pronunciation to Nasya, Nesi, Nessah, Nessia, Nessya, Neysa and Nysa. Other suggested similar names are Ailsa, Alissa, Amissa, Anissa, Assa, Brissa, Crissa, Dessa, Elissa, Elssa, Gisa, Ilissa, Jessa, Krissa, Liesa, Lisa, Lissa, Lyssa, Narissa, Nasia, Nerissa, Nesha, Nesta, Nevsa, Nia, Niada, Nibia, Nicia, Nidia, Niesha, Nika, Nikia, Nila, Nilda, Nilsa, Nina, Ninfa, Nioma, Nira, Nisha, Nita, Nitsa, Nitza, Norissa, Odissa, Orssa, Raissa, Riesa, Risa, Ritsa, Tassa (see Tasha), Tessa, Tisa, Tossa, Trissa and Ulissa. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nissa.