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Larisa possibly means "seagul" (Greek "laris").
-- Yen_Yen  12/23/2005
Make it funky and spell it LaRisa - I dislike the name.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2006
Larisa may also come from the Greek word for Seagull - ãëÜñïó.
-- Anonymous User  12/4/2006
Larissa Fyoforovna (subsequently Antipova) was a leading character in Boris Pasternak's novel, Doctor Zhivago. She was called Lara as a diminutive.
-- shadow.of.a.dream  12/18/2006
I especially like pronouncing it LURE-ee-seh.
-- LibbyBeth  3/26/2007
I like Larisa, mostly because it's not as widely used as Melissa and Marisa, which are rather tired now.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2007
One version of the origin is that Larisa derived from Latin word "larus" (seagull).
-- lomeo  6/6/2007
I associate the name with the Russian word "krysa" (rat). Sounds great; krysa-Larisa!
-- ToveTer  6/13/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/3/2007
It isn't a Slovene name, it's only used by parents who want to be fancy. However, poor children. It sounds too decorated!
--  12/14/2007
You`ve obviously been corrupted by your emotions too much to realize that this is a quite common name in Russian-speaking areas, and though they speak Slovene there, there does seem to be a Russian influence. So do your research before making such an attack.
-- Mackadal  1/25/2009
I believe Larisa comes from the ancient Greek word "Larissa," which means "stronghold."
-- breakofday  2/13/2008
I guess the impression one has of a name is strongly affected by the person you know who has that name. I only know one Larisa, and she is wonderful, so I think the name sounds great!
-- Didier  12/6/2008
LaRisa makes me think of Americans trying to pick a classy, French name and failing miserably. I'd expect her sisters to be Chardonnay and Heaven Leigh. So please people, keep it Larisa.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2008
A famous bearer of the name is Larisa Oleynik, star of the show "The Secret World of Alex Mack" and the film "10 Things I Hate About You".
-- aamn1  4/13/2009
I don't like -isa/-issa names in general, and like Karissa, Clarissa, Marissa, they are way to over the top girly.
-- italiannames  1/5/2010
This name will always make me think of Larissa "Lara" Fyodrovna Antipova in Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. Lovely name!
-- AnyaSciarra  2/21/2010
A good name, nice history and not all that girly, just keep it spelled right. :)
-- lucyskydiamonds  3/7/2010
Larisa is a Russian name given to me, meaning laughter. The short form I use is Rissa, it means laugh.
-- Rissarockz222  6/3/2010
Just to clarify, the information given by Rissarockz222 is 100% incorrect.
-- Anonymous User  1/27/2013
Also used in Croatia. [noted -ed]
-- Sofia  7/28/2010
Possibly originated from Latin larus for gull or in Russian: Чайка.
-- lyudssen  10/14/2011
Oh what a beautiful name! Lara, Larissa, Larisa, it's all wonderful! Another child of mine will be named this. Lara, Lara, you fantastically named person, how delightful you are!
-- guinevere00  1/27/2012
The name Larisa is also commonly used in Georgia.

In Georgian, Larisa is written as: ლარისა.
-- Lucille  6/6/2013
Larisa Shepitko was a Soviet filmmaker and the wife of Soviet filmmaker Elem Klimov.
-- mymymetrocard  10/28/2015
I really like this name, as long as it's not spelled "LaRisa". Why would you spell it that way anyway?
-- Anonymous User  11/29/2015
Pronounced la-RIS-a.
-- Larislynn  11/5/2016
Larisa Oleyink is a famous bearer.
-- Larislynn  11/5/2016

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