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What does Risa mean?

Risa Pronunciation of Risa [risa] as a girls' name is pronounced REE-sah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Risa is "laughter". Also a short form of names like Marisa. Rise (rih-ZAY) is a French form made familiar in the 1950s through the 1970s by opera singer Rise Stevens.

Associated with: opera.


Risa has 4 variants: Reesa, Riesa, Rise and Rysa.

1 more relation via Marisa: Morisa.

Creative forms:
(female) Reysa, Rossa, ..

(male) Ricio, Risage, ..

Middle name pairings:
Risa Cali (R.C.), ..

How popular is Risa?

Risa is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2152 out of 4276, Top 50%) and also a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#124109 out of 150436, Top 82%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Risa was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #1039 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Marisa (#1905 last year) and Rise are the popular variation forms of Risa. These relations of Risa were popular as birth names in 1995 (median #1382) and are now significantly less common, with the form Marisa falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Risa, Marisa, Rise in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Risa and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Risa is pronounced similarly to Raisa, Raissa, Raiza, Rasya, Razi, Razia, Resi, Reza, Rezi, Rosa, Rosae, Rosai, Rosay, Rosee, Rosey, Rosie, Rosio, Rosy, Roza, Rozy and Ruza. Other suggested similar names are Gisa, Lisa, Raja, Rasia, Rasja, Rhica, Ria, Rica, Ricca, Ricka, Rida, Rieca, Rieka, Rika, Riki, Rima, Rina, Riqua, Rita, Ritsa, Riva, Ros, Rose, Ross, Rozsa, Ruzsa and Tisa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Risa.