Meaning and Name Origin
Melanie \m(e)-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 was uncommon until the novel "Gone With the Wind" and its character Melanie Wilkes. Actresses Melanie Mayron, Melanie Griffith.
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▲.
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 a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Melanie for girls. Melanie entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #56 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #79. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Melanie and related names. Popular related forms of Melanie (#79 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Melany (#436 last year), Mellie, Melonie and Milena (#798). These girl names are at the top of their popularity presently, except for the version Mellie which has become less trendy. Melanie (#79), Melany (#436) and Milena (#798) are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)