Given Name NERISSA

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Literature

Meaning & History

Created by Shakespeare for a character in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). He possibly took it from Greek Νηρεις (Nereis) meaning "nymph, sea sprite", ultimately derived from the name of the Greek sea god NEREUS, who supposedly fathered them.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Nereida (Spanish)