Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian/Spanish
Eng (muh-RIS-sah); It/Sp (mah-REE-sah)

The name is an anglicized form of the Italian and Spanish Marisa. In Italy, Marisa its more common in the Southern parts as a contraction of Maria Rosaria. In Spanish-speaking countries, it is used as a contraction of Maria Luisa.

Currently, Marissa is the 203rd most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms include:

  • Marissa (Dutch/English)
  • Marijse (Dutch)
  • Marise/Maryse (French)
  • Marisa Мари́са (German/Italian/Portuguese/Russian/Slovene/Spanish)
  • Marisella (Italian)
  • Marisetta (Italian)
  • Marisina (Italian)
The name is borne by actress, Marisa Tomei (b.1964)