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Gender: female
Pronunciation: ner-ISS-ah, nah-RIS-ah
Meaning: sea nymph
Related Names: Marissa, Narissa, Naryssa, Nereida, Nericcia, Nerina, Neryssa, Sirena

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: nerissa Origin: Greek,, Meaning (no case): sea nymph



The name Nerissa was invented by William Shakespeare, and first used as a character in his play The Merchant of Venice.[1] Nerissa was Portia's maid and friend.

Nerissa was most likely derived from the name Nereida, from the Greek term for "mermaid."[1]

Nerissa may also be considered a variation of Marissa, which has a similar meaning: "of the sea."[1]


Nerissa is an uncommon name in the United States. It has not appeared in the top 1000 most popular girls' names in any recorded year.[1]

Nerissa is more popular in Australia. In the year 2000, Nerissa ranked as the 720th most popular girl's name.[1]



  • SS Nerissa: WWII cargo ship
  • Nerissa is a character in the comic book and series W.I.T.C.H.[1]
  • Nerissa is a character in the 2006 animated film Shark Bait[1]
  • Queen Narissa is a character, portrayed by Susan Sarandon, in the 2007 film Enchanted[1]
  • Narissa is an evil character in the the Avalon roleplaying world.[1]


Author: Sarena Emily Levinson


Facts about NerissaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 7  +
Meaning sea nymph  +
Meaningnc sea nymph  +
Name nerissa  +
Origin Greek  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation ner-ISS-ah, nah-RIS-ah  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Marissa  +, Narissa  +, Naryssa  +, Nereida  +, Nericcia  +, Nerina  +, Neryssa  +, and Sirena  +
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