Meaning and Name Origin
Raisa \ra(i)-sa\ as a girls' name is pronounced RAY-sah, RYE-zah. It is of Hebrew and Yiddish origin, and the meaning of Raisa is "rose". In English and Slavic form, probably derived from Greek for "carefree". Also possibly originated as a Slavic equivalent of Ruth (Hebrew) "beloved".
Raisa is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3243 out of 4276, Top 76%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Raisa and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Raisa (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000 are Ruth (#315 a year ago), Ruthie and Ruthe. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during the years 1920-1929 and has become much lower since, with the forms Ruthie, Ruthe and Ruth becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Raisa is alike in pronunciation to Rasya, Razia, Reesa, Riesa, Risa, Rosa▼ and Rysa. Other suggested similar baby names are Maisa, Raina▼, Raja, Rasia, Rasja, Rhica, Rica, Rika, Rise, Rozsa, Ruzsa and Taisa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Raisa.