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Mel (girl)

What does Mel mean?

Mel Pronunciation of Mel [mel] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Mel) has its roots in English, Greek and Old French, and Mel means "smooth brow; black, dark; bee; honey; brave strength". Mel is an alternate spelling of Malvina (English). Mel is also a variant of Melanie (Greek). Mel is also used as a form of Melissa (Greek) and Millicent (Old French).

Associated with: greek, smooth (gentle), black, bee, honey (beautiful), brave, strength.


Mel has 1 variant: Mal.

20 more related forms via Malvina, Melanie, Melissa, Millicent: Malva, Mela, Melana, Melani, Melany, Melesa, Melisa, Melise, Meliza, Mella, Melli, Mellie, Melly, Meloni, Melony, Melosa, Melva, Melvie, Milli and Milly.

Creative forms:
(female) Meel, Mlai, ..

(male) Mein, Meni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mel Nala (M.N.), ..

How popular is Mel?

Mel is a rare first name for women but a somewhat popular last name for all people (#77742 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Mel (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Malva, Malvina, Melani (#1746 in recent rankings), Melanie (#80), Melany (#485), Melisa, Melissa (#253), Mella, Mellie, Melony, Melva, Millicent and Milly. Other variants, like Melly, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Mel was more pronounced among parents during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 3.19%) and is now much less (usage 0.38%, 88% less), with forms like Mellie becoming less stylish. Melanie and Melany are two of the more fashionable girl names here. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malvina, Melani, Melanie, Melany, Melisa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melissa, Mella, Mellie, Melony, Melva in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Millicent, Milly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Malva, Melanie, Melissa outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mel is alike in pronunciation to Maelle, Mille and Moll. Other suggested similar names are Bel, Del, Mea, Meg, Mei, Merl and Nel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mel.

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