What does Risa mean?
Risa /risa/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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)
Marisa is the only popular variation form of Risa (unlisted). This girl name was at the apex of its popularity in 1994 (usage of 0.855%) and is now significantly less popular, with Marisa becoming less fashionable. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Risa and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Risa is pronounced similarly to Raisa, Raissa, Raiza, Rasya, Resi, Reza, Rosa▼, Rosae, Rosai, Rosay, Rosy, Roza and Ruza. Other suggested similar baby 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.