Nerissa - Meaning of Nerissa
[ 3 syll. ne-ris-sa, ner-i-ssa ] The baby girl name Nerissa is pronounced as Neh-RIHS-aa- †. Nerissa is of Old Greek and Italian origin. It is used mainly in English. Old Greek origin: The name was first invented by Shakespeare for the maiden girl in The Merchant of Venice (1596-1598), probably as a Latinate form of the Greek nereis. It has sometimes been taken as a form of Nericcia.
Nerissa is a variant of Nereida (English and Spanish).
Nerissa is also a variant of Nericcia (Italian).
Nerissa has 19 variants that are used in English and foreign languages. English variants of the name include Narice, Naryssa, Nericcia, Nerice, Nerine, Neris, Nerisa, Nerise, Nerisse, Nerrisa, Nerrissa, Neryssa, and Nissa. Other English forms include the shortening Rissa, the familiar form Risa, and the spelling variants Narisa and Narissa. Nerina (Italian) and Nerys (Welsh) are variants of Nerissa that are used in foreign languages.
Variant forms share the origin and meaning of Nerissa.
Nerissa is not often used as a baby girl name. It is not listed within the top 1000.
Baby names that sound like Nerissa include Naiara, Narcessa, Narcisa, Narcisah, Narcissa, Narcissah, Narcissus, Narcysa, Narcyssa, Naresha, Nariko, Narisa, Narissa, Narkeasha, Narkissa, Naroa, Naryssa, Nearja, Neera, and Neerja.
† Pronunciation for Nerissa: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"