I'm from the states and my real name is Mariesa. Pronounced like Muh-REE-sah. (facebook taught me that,lol) My parents and grandma's made it up from my Mom's mother's middle name of Marie. And Her mother, my great grandmother's middle name of Stella. I got the s & a from it added to Marie to make Mariesa. My name has been found in only 1 book ever. Its a baby name book but doesn't give an adequate meaning or origin. But my granddaughter looked up the characteristics of Marie and Stella and, ironically, they are much the same. And they fit me to a tee. Most people never say it correctly so I usually get called purple, or mom by everyone except my grandkids, they call me grams.