Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”,  “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Luisa (the feminine form of Luis, the Spanish form of Louis ultimately derived from a Germanic name meaning “famous war/battle”

Risa is also the Spanish word for “laughter, laugh” which comes from Latin risus/rideo. 

Origin: Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Germanic, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Marisa
  • Parisa

 

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Ailsa

Ailsa derives its name from Ailsa Craig, the name of an island located off of Scotland. Though there’s no certain etymology behind the name several theories have abounded such as possibly meaning “fairy rock”, or from Gaelic Creag Ealasaid meaning “Elizabeth’s rock”, Ealasaid being the Gaelic form of Elizabeth. Another theory I’ve seen is that it comes from Alfsigesey meaning “Alfsigr’s island”, Alfsigr derived from Old Norse meaning “elf victory” from alf (elf) and sigr (victory).

Origin: Gaelic, Old Norse