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What does Melani mean?

Melani Pronunciation of Melani [melani] as a girls' name has its root in Greek, and the meaning of the name Melani is "black, dark". Melani is a variant form of Melanie (Greek).

Associated with: greek, black.


Melani has 20 variants: Malaney, Malanie, Melaina, Melainey, Melana, Melanee, Melaney, Melania, Melaniya, Melanney, Melannie, Melany, Mellanie, Melloney, Mellony, Meloni, Melonie, Melonnie, Melony and Milena.

8 more alternative forms via Melanie: Mel, Mela, Melaine, Melantha, Mella, Melli, Mellie and Melly.

Creative forms:
(female) Malani, Melami, ..

(male) Melami, Melati, ..

Middle name pairings:
Melani Carrie (M.C.), ..

How popular is Melani?

Melani is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3359 out of 4276, Top 79%) and also a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#93006 out of 150436, Top 62%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Melani entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #1312 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is currently at #1746. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melani name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Melani outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Melanie (#80 a year ago), Melany (#485), Milena (#760), Melony, Melonie, Mella, Melaine, Melania and Mellie are the prominent variation forms of Melani (#1746 a year ago). These relations of Melani were popular as birth names 45 years ago (usage of 0.37%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.32%, down 12.2%). Melanie has been the most prominent, though Melany has become trendy as well, while Mellie has become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melani, Melaine, Melania, Melanie, Melany in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mella, Mellie, Melonie, Melony, Milena in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Melanie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Melani is pronounced similarly to Malana, Malena, Malina, Meleana, Meleena, Melina, Mellina, Milana, Miliana and Miliani. Other suggested similar names are Ailani, Alani, Delana, Delane, Delanie, Delany, Helana, Iolani, Jelani, Kalani, Keilani, Lalani, Leilani, Leland, Maelynn, Megan, Melene, Meline, Melodi, Mylene, Nalani, Noelani, Raelani, Talani and Ulani. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melani.

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