Meaning and name origin
Risa \r(i)-sa\ as a girl's 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.
Risa is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2152 out of 4276, Top 50%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Risa and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Marisa. (2014 statistics).
Risa is also pronounced similarly to Raisa, Raissa, Raiza, Rasya, Resi, Reza, Rosa, Rosae, Rosai, Rosay, Rosy, Roza and Ruza. Other suggested similar baby names are 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 commonly used than Risa.