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What does Melanie mean?

Melanie /me-la-nie/ as a girls' name is pronounced MEL-a-nee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Melanie is "black, dark".

From the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek "melaina". Religion: Saint Melania was a wealthy heiress and philantrophist of the fourth and fifth century who freed thousands of slaves and engaged in lifelong good works. The name became popular because of the novel "Gone With the Wind" and its character Melanie Wilkes. Actresses Melanie Mayron, Melanie Griffith.

Associated with: greek, saint, wealthy, good, novel (literary)


Melanie has 30 variants: Malaney, Malanie, Mel, Mela, Melaina, Melaine, Melainey, Melana, Melanee, Melaney, Melani, Melania, Melaniya, Melanney, Melannie, Melantha, Melany, Mella, Mellanie, Melli, Mellie, Melloney, Melloney, Mellony, Melly, Meloni, Melonie, Melonnie, Melony and Milena.

Affiliated girl name: Laine.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Maelanie, Milnie, ..

(male) Mehlon, Melain, ..

How popular is Melanie?

Melanie is a very popular first name for females (#188 out of 4276, Top 4%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Melanie for girls. Melanie reached its peak rank of #56 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is presently at #79. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the history of Melanie and related names. Popular related forms of Melanie (#79 from recent data) are Laine, Melaine, Melani (#1648 from recent data), Melania, Melany (#436), Mella, Mellie, Melonie, Melony and Milena (#798). These forms of Melanie were popular 4 decades ago (usage of 0.4%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.3%, 9.4% less), but with the version Mellie becoming less trendy. Melanie is more universally found than the rest, though Melany has become popular as well over time.

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

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

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

Similar Names


Melanie is alike in pronunciation to Malana, Meleana, Melina, Milana and Miliani. Other suggested similar names are Aryanie, Bernie, Danie, Delancie, Delane, Delanie, Devanie, Elanie, Eulalie, Flavie, Genie, Gennie, Henie, Hennie, Jeanie, Jeannie, Jelani, Joanie, Kelcie, Kellbie (see Kelby), Kellsie, Kelpie, Kelsie, Lanie, Lealie, Macie, Magalie, Malinde, Malkie, Mallie, Malvie, Mamie, Mandie, Marnie, Maxie, Mazie, Meave, Medie, Megan, Meghanne, Melene, Melia, Melinde (see Melinda), Meline, Melisande, Melise, Melitia, Melodi, Melodie, Melusine, Melvie, Melvine, Melynda, Mercie, Millie, Minnie, Mollie, Monnie, Mylene, Nellie, Nelsie, Pelagie, Phanie, Rennie, Rosanie, Selie, Stefanie, Teenie, Valarie and Vernie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melanie.