Meaning and name origin
Melanie \m(e)-la-nie\ as a girl's 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 was uncommon until the novel "Gone With the Wind" and its character Melanie Wilkes. Actresses Melanie Mayron, Melanie Griffith.
Melanie has 30 variant forms: Malaney, Malanie, Mel, Mela, Melaina, Melaine, Melainey, Melana, Melanee, Melaney, Melani, Melania, Melaniya, Melanney, Melannie, Melantha, Melany, Mella, Mellanie, Melli, Mellie, Melloney, Mellony, Melly, Meloni, Melonie, Melonnie, Melony, Melloney and Milena.
For more information, see also the related girl name Laine.
Melanie is a very popular first name for females (#188 out of 4276, Top 4%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Melanie for girls. Melanie reached its highest rank of #56 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Melanie and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Melanie (#79), Melany (#436), Milena (#798), Mellie and Melonie. (2014 statistics).