Its source is Elisheva, a Hebrew name meaning "God's promise."
This girl's name is used in English and Spanish.
The name Elissa ranked 833rd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1212th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Other suggested meanings still relate to the fulfillment of a promise. They include ''God's satisfaction'' and ''God's perfection.''
Until the 16th-century reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I, this name was most commonly spelled with an ''s'' in the middle. Such was the popularity of Good Queen Bess that her spelling has reigned supreme ever since.
Speaking of Bess, this name is the Mother of All Nicknames, Spellings and Alternate Forms. We've counted close to 70 so far, and we are still looking!
Stage and Screen
Elissa Landi (born 1904, died 1948)
Italian actress. Original name: Elizabeth Marie Zanardi-Landi.