It really is beautiful.
noisynora  12/10/2020
Awful name in my opinion, and World War Two doesn't help at all.
Anders1234  12/6/2020
Odessa was a genocide site in the Ukraine in WWII.
― Anonymous User  6/23/2020
My middle name is Odessa it came from my great grandmother her name was Manda Odessa.
MandyOdessa79  10/9/2019
I love it! Just hope it doesn't get too popular like Olivia and now Ophelia.
― Anonymous User  8/31/2019
I find this name really unattractive.
kayisforkeen  8/29/2018
I named my daughter Odessa. She is a little Scorpio, so that combined with her name literally meaning 'wrathful' has me a little weary of the teenage years! Her dad and I met at a Grateful Dead show and 'Odessa' is a song sung by Ratdog. A strong name for a strong willed little girl!
― Anonymous User  6/26/2017
This is my name, and I am very pleased with it. I've really enjoyed reading all of these comments. I may never find anything in the souvenir shop bearing it, but it's unique but not strange. People always correctly pronounce it and I'm always getting compliments, I'd highly recommend it!
journeylynn  11/8/2016
Personally, I think Odessa is a beautiful name.
reymes  9/21/2016
The name Odessa was given to 75 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
My name is Odessa, and I've loved reading all of the comments. I am 45, so I've heard and read about my name for a long time. The meanings were mentioned before, so I have no need to add to them. I can tell you that as a child I was called all sorts of crazy names, but I do love my name. Family called me Dessi, Dessa or Odie. People either never forget it or never remember it.
Here are some facts about the name:
-Almost every state in the US has a town named Odessa and most are so small that if you blinked you would miss it.
-Odessa Turner was a lineman for the San Fransisco 49ers, so it's not always female.
If you're thinking of naming your child Odessa, it is a nice name to live with.
OdessaRose  3/17/2016
ODESSA, a German acronym for "Organization of Former SS Members" is a believed to be a secret Nazi network set up by the SS near the end of World War II. It allowed SS members to avoid capture and prosecution for war crimes by helping them to escape to South America.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2012
I think it is a pretty name, but as a history buff it does remind me of the World War II association mentioned above.
― Anonymous User  10/13/2017
The city of Odessa in the Ukraine is known as "the pearl of the Black Sea", but it's also infamous because of the Odessa pogroms of the 19th-early 20th centuries...
In Ukraine, the name is pronounced not o-DES-sa, but more like ah-DYESH-uh.
Caprice  11/28/2011
I like the name. It sounds regal and grand but it doesn't sound "queenish" like Elizabeth, Victoria, and Katherine. It also isn't very common.
Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
Odessa is a grand, beautiful name.
It's where my great-grandfather was born, which makes me love it even more.
italiannames  10/15/2009
Odessa, Texas.
ginamarie  5/31/2009
Odessa is the sister of Sofia in the book The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
bibi66  3/10/2009
Odysseus is a great namesake, and Dess or Dessie make cute nicknames.
― Anonymous User  2/27/2009
Beautiful. Reminds me of Odette and Odo, both of which I also love but are unusable.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  2/24/2009
I went to art school with an Odessa. She was named after the city in the Ukraine. I suppose because of my experiences with her, "Odessa" comes across as being very edgy, artistic, and intelligent, because that's what she was. It's beautiful and rather romantic-sounding, but it's not your typical airy-fairy creative name.
New_Chloe  1/20/2009
Odessa is a major city in Ukraine.
erb816  12/14/2008
I first heard this name while watching "The Long Walk Home" with Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Whoppi plays Odessa Cotter, who is a very strong and admirable character, and Sissy plays Miriam, Odessa's boss who gives her rides to work during the Montgomery bus boycott--and thus becomes involved in civil rights. Needless to say, it was a very powerful movie.

For me, "Odessa" reminded me of "Odysseus" (which it's connected to on this site), which further reminded me of the word "odyssey," which means journey. I think that naming a child anything to do with a "journey" is wonderful, since what else can it allude to but the journey that is Life? I think *Odessa Miriam* is an absolutely beautiful, powerful name with a great amount of substance (without being pompous).
― Anonymous User  12/14/2008
In the computer game Half-Life 2, "Colonel" Odessa Cubbage is a cowardly Englishman who aids the player during one section of the game. He is the commander of a rebel hideout called New Little Odessa.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2007
It's a city in Ukraine, too. Mark Twain said he was very fond of this city when he visited it in The Innocents Abroad.
dramaelf  10/1/2007
In Florida there is a city named Odessa.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2007
There is something of powerful beauty in this name. I'd love to be the girl to bear it!
― Anonymous User  7/9/2007
I love this name. For some reason I just always picture it as the name of a mermaid or nymph. There is something very ethereal about it.
childdoll  9/12/2006
Odessa Chen is the female singer in the little-known band Thee More Shallows(she has a beautiful voice).
dramaelf  6/28/2006
Odessa was the name of a great wolf in Patrick Carman's "The Land of Elyon" series.
Arowen Half-Elven  4/16/2006
Little Odessa is a film from 1994 starring Tim Roth and Edward Furlong.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2006

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