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What does Melanie mean?

Melanie Pronunciation of Melanie [melanie] 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.

Creative forms:
(female) Melazie, Milnie, ..

(male) Mehlon, Melain, ..

Middle name pairings:
Melanie Gracelynn (M.G.), ..

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)

Melanie reached its peak rank of #56 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is presently at #80. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Melanie (#80 from recent data) are Laine, Melaine, Melani (#1746 from recent data), Melania, Melany (#485), Mella, Mellie, Melonie, Melony and Milena (#760). These forms of Melanie were popular 5 decades ago (usage of 0.4%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.3%, 12.2% 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.

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