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The name Nerissa is of Greek and English origin.

The meaning of Nerissa is "sea nymph".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 8312  in baby name popularity for girls with 14 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Nerissa Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Nerissa has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Nerissa to other names.


The name Nereida and similar names, are derived from Greek mythological character names.

According to Greek mythology, the Nereides (or Nereids) were the fifty daughters of Nereus, the god of the sea (referred to in the Illiad, as the "old man of the sea") and Doris. Their name is a patonymic applied to them by their mother Doris.

Considered sea nymphs or goddesses, they often accompanied Poseidon and aided sailors and fishermen in distress, especially the Argonauts. In contrast, the Naiades are the nymphs of fresh water, and the Oceanides are the nymphs of the great ocean.

The Nereids are particularly associated with the Aegean Sea, as this is where they lived with their elderly father Nereus, within a silvery cavern at the bottom of the sea. They were worshipped in several parts of Greece, but especially in seaport towns such as the Isthmus of Corinth.

Individually, the Nereids represented various facets of the sea (salty, rocky, sandy, waves, currents, etc.) and seamanship. The most known of the Nereids are Thetis, the mother of Achilles and Amphitrite, the wife of Poseidon.

In ancient art, the Nereides were depicted as beautiful young maidens, sometimes carrying tritons or riding atop of dolphins or other sea creatures such as a hippokamps (sea horses).

Within astronomy, the Nereids are the namesake of one of the moons of the planet Neptune.

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Related Names

Nerissa is a form of the name Nereus.

Other Tidbits

Nerissa falls into the water name category.

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English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.