What does Melba mean?
Melba \m(e)-lba, mel-ba\ as a girls' name. Created as a surname by opera diva Nellie Melba (born Helen Mitchell), named after her hometown, Melbourne Australia. Such was her fame that many dishes were named after her, including Melba Toast and Peach Melba. The city of Melbourne takes its name from British politician William Lamb Melbourne (19th century) and means "border". Actress Melba Moore.
Melba is a very popular first name for women (#493 out of 4276, Top 12%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Melba for girls. Melba entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #222 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Malva and Melva are the prominent varying forms of Melba. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Melba and Melva becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Melba and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)