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Larisa is a baby girl’s name of Russian and Greek origin. Larisa means “citadel” and comes from the name of a city in ancient Thessaly. Larisa also has a fanciful side as it was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology. Larisa is a variant spelling of Larissa that is more common in Eastern Europe.

Meaning of the name Larisa:

Russian, Greek: citadel

Origin of the name Larisa:

Larisa is a Russian and Greek baby girl’s name that means “citadel”. It was the name of an ancient city in Thessaly as well as the name of a nymph from Greek mythology. Larisa is a variant spelling of Larissa that is more common in Russia and other Eastern European countries.

baby name Larisa

Symbolism of the name Larisa:

Larisa means “citadel”. A citadel is a building or settlement designed to withstand attack. Citadels were often the homes of powerful political or religious figures.

Style of the name Larisa:

traditional

Gender of the name Larisa:

Larisa is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Larisa:

lu-RYEE-sə (Russian), lu-ryi-SU (Lithuanian)

Number of syllables in the name Larisa:

three

Emotion evoked from the name Larisa:

Larisa evokes feelings of intelligence and beauty.

Alternative spellings for the name Larisa:

Larissa, Larysa

Nicknames for the name Larisa:

  • Lara
  • Larie

Popularity of the name Larisa:

According to the Social Security Administration, Larisa is an uncommon baby girl’s name that has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names list. The more common spelling Larissa has been in the top 1000 names for many years between 1967 and 2012, peaking at #363 in 1994.

Related names for the name Larisa:

Great middle names for the name Larisa and their meanings:

  • Tamara (date palm tree)
  • Katerina (pure)
  • Nadia (hope, tender, delicate)
  • Katia (pure)
  • Elisaveta (pledged to God)
  • Irina (peace)
  • Anya (grace)
  • Svetlana (star)

Famous people with the name Larisa:

  • Larisa Romanovna Oleynik (American actress)
  • Larisa Andrea Iordache (Romanian gymnast)
  • Larisa Yurievna Selezneva (Russian Olympic figure skater)
  • Larisa Evgenevna Lazutina (Russian Olympic crosscountry skier)
  • Larisa Savchenko Neiland (Latvian doubles tennis player)

Larisa in popular culture:

  • Larisa (literature, “The Devil in Love” by Barbara Cartland)
  • Larisa Childs (television, “Cold Squad”)
  • Larisa Korolev (comics, “Sandra and Woo”)
  • Larisa (video games, “Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon”)
  • Larisa Mishchenko (comics, “X-Men” franchise)