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ScriptsЛариса RussianUkrainian Λαρισα Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.lu-RYEE-sə Russian

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from the name of the ancient city of Larisa in Thessaly, which meant "citadel". In Greek legends, the nymph Larisa was either a daughter or mother of Pelasgus, the ancestor of the mythical Pelasgians. This name was later borne by a 4th-century Greek martyr who is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Church. The name (of the city, nymph and saint) is commonly Latinized as Larissa, with a double s.
VariantsLarysa Ukrainian Larissa Greek Mythology
DiminutiveLara Russian
Other Languages & CulturesLara Croatian Lara Dutch Larissa, Lara English Lara French Lara German Lara Hungarian Lara Italian Lara Portuguese Larissa Portuguese (Brazilian) Lara Slovene Lara Spanish


cities, Greek mythology, legend, martyrs, mythology, nymphs, place names, saints, uncertain etymology
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute