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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Sea Born

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Marissa

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Marissa in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Marissa:

  • Records indicate that 115,074 girls in the United States have been named Marissa since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1994, when 6,241 people in the U.S. were given the name Marissa. Those people are now 23 years old.

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    Comments about the name Marissa

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      28 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Marissa. I really love the name! It's not very common here, so I often get called Melissa. I never liked the name when I was younger, it was too delicate but now I really like it because it is unique and beautiful! I hope it becomes a more popular name as time goes on!" Jul. 29, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa and i like the name it is not really a common name but kind of is in a way. My nicknames are rissa or riss thats what people call me i like my name" Mar. 11, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Rissa but once an a while someone I know calls me Marissa." Oct. 31, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is spelled like Marisa and my family has always called either 'My Rissa' or 'Rissie' but then as I got older 'Mari' was so introduced (pronounced Maah-Rie)" Nov. 28, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our almost 3 yr old Marissa Elizabeth Esperanza _____________. We love her name and it fits her. We also call her Sissa or Rissa and some time Rissy" Mar. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Marissa, and when she was little she couldn't say Marissa, so she called herself "Sissa". She is now 8 and this nickname has stuck with her. I call her Sissa or Sissa Marissa, or most of the time.....Just Marissa. I love her name, I am having a hard time picking out another girl's name for the baby I am carrying now!" Mar. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa. I don't know that many people named Marissa. I wish there were more Marissas.My middle name is Erin and i think it fits well with Marissa.Alot of people spell it wrong because they think its one s. My parents call me Rissie or Riss. And I like those nicknames." Oct. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "beautiful name. I like the pronunciation Mah-Reece-A" Oct. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle daughters name is Marissa Elizabeth Esperanza, we call her Rissa for short." Jul. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa, I am 24 and I used to thank my mom all the time for my name, seriously. I am German and it is very rare where I am from. People always tell me how beautiful and unique my name is ( even though I live in the US now and it is a lot more popular here ). I am also a nurse and the patients always ask for me by name, because it's easier for them to remember, since they don't hear it every day.... I do get called Melissa a lot, but I don't mind. Worst spelling I had was Mereza *lol*" Jan. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many people spell it wrong but i don't mind telling them how to spell it because that makes them notice you more and get more acquainted with you. I love my name and it's meaning. My nicknames are Mar Mar, which i love, my little sisters would call me ra-ra-rissa because that couldn't do M's. I think it is a beautiful name with elegance and creativity especially when hot guys say it! ;)" Aug. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is marissa and i love it the only problem is everyone miss spells it or they call me mellisa which gets annoying when its my teachers. my friend has the name marissa but its spelled marisa and we always goof around and she says i kill trees because i have two "s" and she only has one" Apr. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa. Most of my teachers have a hard time spelling it. My friends call me "Rissa", "Riss, and "Mer/Mer Mer". I love my name. My dads best girl friends name was Marisa, he wanted to name me after her but my aunt from my mothers side miss spelled it." Jan. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey My name is Mariah but my sisters name is Marissa and I love her name although she prefers mine! But everyone calls her `Mer`which she hates but this is a cute name." Oct. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa and I do love my name! I think it's unique and pretty. I also enjoy the way they call me Riss." Jun. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa and I love I haven't met a lot of people with the name. Everyone I know loves the name also. People comment and say that it's a really pretty name. The only down fall is the fact that it is a little childish but it still an awesome name." May. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, Marissa, at times it seems odd, but now i love it, misspelling is a common error, but is good because not many people have it, so how should they know how to spell it, I love this name!" May. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an awesome name, I LOVE IT!! It's the bomb and not geeky at all lean like a chola And with no hesitation I will name my daughter that name! That name is the BUSINESS=)" Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my second daughter Marissa Jane, as I see someone else did! It reminds me of a "princess" name. We call her Missy, Rissa, MJ, or Mari Jane" Nov. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 2nd daughter Marissa Jane, I LOVE her name its cute and dainty. If she wants she can be called Mari, Rissa, or Mari Jane" Jul. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was little, I was called Melissa or Clarissa all the time, and we'd have to say, "No, it's Marissa!" I like the name because it is unique yet not unheard of. It was getting to be more popular for a time. Now I can actually find things in the stores with my name on it. I've met about 3 others who spelled their name the same as me too. Great name, but no really cute nicknames can be made out of it. Oh well!" Apr. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend's name is Marissa and I love it. I would love to name my daughter after her one day" Apr. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name, it unique, and not alot of people have it. so you dont get mixed up. but sometimes i get mad when people spell it with two R's or 1 S, but now im used to it" Oct. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa and I have always loved it. It was mispronounced and misspelled alot, but I never minded. I loved that it was femanine and unique. I love the nickname Missy, but mine was Riss or Rissa which I liked. It is getting more popular now though." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sister's name and it is such a gorgeous name. Not popular in my area at all, which is surprising, because it suits her so well, and I think it is unique and a wonderful name." Mar. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Since the OC i also love this name.My former best friend was also named Marissa" Nov. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our daughter Marissa was born in 2003. We used my mother's name, Maria and added the s's from my first daughters name, Jessica. The name fits her and we love it. Her nickname is Missy, although we tend to stick with Marissa most of the time. It's very feminine, and will suit her well as an adult." Oct. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Marissa is one of my favorite names. I think it's very classy, yet sweet and girlish at the same time. It's also very easy to pronounce and has nice nicknames such as Riss or Rissa." Jul. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My name's Marrissa, 18, and nobody can spell it right. It's either Marisa, Marrisa, or Marrisa..i've even gotten a Mehrissa before. All my life i've had to spend time correcting people and writing it out. It's not the worst name in the world and I know nobody else with it (spelled this way) so it can be considered unique in that sense. The nicknames are enjoyable in a way, Missy is my favorite, then there's Miss, but I just don't love it like my mother does, it seems to dull and lacks creativity. And I can NEVER find any pre-written keychains or knick-knacks with it spelled my way." Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "I am Marissa and all my friends don't actually call me Marissa it's either marsi or marsa or Mars. The only bad thing with my name is that it's really hard to say when someone asks you what your name is and you're just like Marissa really fast cos it has a lot of syllables. I do love it tho cause I get loads of nicknames" Jan. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named our daughter Marissa I loved the name before I got pregnant and said to my husband when we have a girl we should call our daughter Marissa is so pretty. and she is 19 now and beautiful so her name really suits her to the ground" Apr. 11, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a cousine named Marissa mae me and her go to school together i love her name so much" May. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name isn't spelled marissa but actually Marrissa. i love how it is so unique and elegant but i get it mispronounced a lot or i get called melissa which i hate." Mar. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa. I also love my name. When I was younger I was called roo, but as I got older marmar got thrown in there too. It's a pretty unique name so I've only met a few other people with it too." Mar. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa, and i have a lot of nick names like Rissa,Riss,Marz,and even roo. I get mistaken for Melissa all the time and people usually spell my name like Marisa,Marrisa,Marrissa, i have even had someone spell it Muhrissah. But I really like my name =),My middle name is Nataly (pronounced na-TAL-e)and i like the way it sounds together Marissa Nataly =)" Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Marissa Victoria. My nicknames are Riss, Rissa, Mer & Merzy. Marissa is a european name and the correct way to pronounce Marissa is actually Maurice-uh... but everyone pronounces it Muh-riss-uh. When I went to europe a year ago everyone there pronouced it Maurice-uh..." Dec. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name `Marissa` Micha Barton from the OC played someone called Marissa and she is really pretty so I think of it as a pretty name!!!" Nov. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 2nd daughter Marisah. We pronounce it Marissa. The reason we spelled it the way we did is because my oldest daughter is Mariah so we added the s and made a new name." Nov. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter name is merissa. I like the mer better because of the mermaid connection and the way the name looks." Oct. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, except my name is spelled "mErissa". I perfer Merissa more, but I can never find annnnnything on my name. Sometimes people say my name with an accent, but there's no accent on it. My name nicknames are Mer, Meri, Meri Christmas, Rissa and I think that's it." Sep. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it, I used to rarely meet others with the name, but I hate that it is becoming so trendy. People do often mispronounce it (Martha, Melissa, etc)" Aug. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! People tend to add extra r's and not enough s's... but I love it!" Jul. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, just not in it's original form, my sister has it and we always call her Mari, except then she gets called Mars or Mar (yeah sorry 'bout that Mari) and new people think her name is Marie. LUV the nick-name!" Jun. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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