Meaning:Nymph; Sea sprite
If you love Shakespeare’s work, perhaps The Merchant of Venice in particular, then this name may ring a bell. Naryssa is a version of Nerissa, a feminine moniker created by the English playwright and poet. He was likely inspired by the Greek term nereis, meaning “nymph” or “sea sprite,” which comes from Nereus, signifying “water.” According to Greek mythology, Nereus, the father of the Nereids, was a sea god known as “The Old Man of the Sea.” In the 16th-century play, Nerissa is the loyal, intelligent, and witty maid of Portia. Baby Naryssa will have the freedom to take on the calming and deep characteristics of the water while also being a trusted friend to others.

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