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My parents named my sister Elissa by just dropping the "M" off of Melissa.
-- Tshmailyb  1/6/2006
A million times prettier than Dido in my opinion, and very rare.
In fact, the only time I've heard it used was in "The Phantom of the Opera", when it's the name of the lead female role of the opera-within-the-musical "Hannibal". It's Elissa (played by Christine) who sings "Think of Me" at the begining of the show.
-- Lady Seashell  3/26/2008
Could be a short form of Elizabeth.
-- Hushpuppy  12/24/2008
Meaning: God's girl.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2008
Elissa Landi (born Elisabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt) was an Italian-born actress who appeared in Hollywood films in the 1920s and '30s (e.g., The Sign of the Cross, After the Thin Man).
-- Kosta  8/2/2010
I recently met a girl named Elissa, and she pronounced it ee-LIS-uh. I think it's quite pretty.
-- erb816  10/8/2010
I love this! I like any form of the name Alyssa.
-- Joy12  4/22/2011
Elissa and Becca are two sisters who form The Sonflowerz music group. Look them up!

I think this is an absolutely gorgeous name.
-- Joy12  5/6/2011
Elissa is a popular singer from Lebanon.
-- zaki95  9/14/2012
Very pretty name. I pronounce it eh-LIS-uh.
-- Thalia  4/3/2014
"Elissa" is the name of a song by The Cruxshadows, on their Dreamcypher album. The name's description mentions that Elissa was Dido's other name, and there is also a song called "Dido's Reply" on the same album.
-- OceanSoul  5/11/2015
It's very pretty, but still far too close to the boring Alyssa for my taste.
-- RoseTintsMyWorld  5/31/2016
I've been told that the name Elissa means 'warrior-woman' in Punic/Phoenician, but I have no idea whether this is true.
The same person also told me about a Punic myth about Dido/Elissa in which her city of Carthage was besieged by Aeneas and shortly before he managed to enter the city and the tower in which she was hiding she committed suicide to prevent being raped by him. Supposedly Vergil knew of this version of the myth also, but it didn't fit the heroic character of his version of Aeneas, so he changed it to a love story, having Dido/Elissa commit suicide over Aeneas leaving her. Again, I also have no idea whether this is true.
-- nienke09  5/5/2017

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