Lisa - Meaning of Lisa
[ 2 syll. li-sa, lis-a ] The baby girl name Lisa is pronounced LIY-Sah (English) or LIY-Zaa (German) †. Lisa's language of origin is Hebrew, and it is predominantly used in Albanian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Scandinavian. Biblical name: The name first developed as a diminutive of Elisabeth. It is famous from the 16th-century painting Mona Lisa, a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo (1479-1542/1551) by Leonardo da Vinci.
In addition, Lisa is a shortening (Albanian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Scandinavian) of the Estonian, Finnish, German, and Scandinavian Elisabet and a shortening (Albanian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Scandinavian) of the Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, and Scandinavian Elisabeth; it is also a shortening (Albanian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Scandinavian) of the English, Greek, and Hebrew Elizabeth.
The name Lisa is widely used; it has 36 derivatives that are used in English and foreign languages. English derivatives include DeLisa, Delisa, Jalisa, Leasa, Leesah, Leeza (used in Hebrew as well), Leisa, Lesa, Liesa, Liesbet, Liese, Lisabet, Lisabeth, Lisabette, Lisavet, Lisbet, Lisbeth, Lisebet, Lisebeth, Lisenka, Liseta, Lisetta, Lissa, Lissette, Lisza, Liszka, Litsa, and Lyssa. Other English forms include the shortening Lis (used in Scandinavian as well), and the spelling variants Leesa, Leysa, and Lysa.
The origin and thus the meaning of the name Lisa is inherited by all variant forms.
Lisa is an all-time favorite. Today it is still a somewhat popular baby name for girls, though to a lesser extent than it was before. The name grew in popularity from the 1930s up to the 1960s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. At the peak of its usage in 1965, 3.298% of baby girls were named Lisa. It ranked at #1 then. The baby name has since steeply dropped in popularity. In 2018, it ranked at #891 with a usage of 0.016%. Out of the group of girl names directly related to Lisa, Elizabeth was the most popular. It was used 28 times more than Lisa in 2018. The name Lisa has been mostly given to baby girls, although it has also been used as a boy name in the past century. In 1975, the name Lisa was given to 270 times more baby girls than boys.
† Pronunciation for Lisa: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Lisa:
Actress Lisa Edelstein, born 21 May 1967, Boston, Massachusetts.
Actress Lisa Kudrow, born 30 July 1963, Encino, California.
Author Lisa See, born 18 February 1955, Paris, France.
Singer Lisa Lopes, born 27 May 1971 - 25 April 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.