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.
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)


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