Marisa Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Marisa:
Modern elaboration of Maria, formed by adding the suffix -isa, -issa, as in such names as Louisa (light) and Clarissa (famous, bright).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I wouldn't say this name is a modern elaboration. I have heard that Marisa / Marissa is essentially a combination of Maria and Luisa, but it could have its own meaning, depending on where you're getting your information. It was used relatively frequently in Italy in the early-mid 1900's.
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