Given Name LARISA

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Лариса (Russian, Ukrainian), Λαρισα (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: lu-RYEE-sə (Russian)   [details]

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.


cities, Greek mythology, legend, martyrs, mythology, nymphs, place names, saints, uncertain etymology
VARIANTS: Larysa (Ukrainian), Larissa (Greek Mythology)
DIMINUTIVE: Lara (Russian)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Lara (Croatian), Lara (Dutch), Larissa, Lara (English), Lara (French), Lara (German), Lara (Hungarian), Lara (Italian), Lara (Portuguese), Larissa (Portuguese (Brazilian)), Lara (Slovene), Lara (Spanish)