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What does Melba mean?

Melba Pronunciation of Melba [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.

Associated with: surname, opera, british (england), 19th century.


Melba has 3 variants: Malva, Mellba and Melva.

Creative forms:
(female) Melma, Molba, ..

(male) Melmar, Melon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Melba Meghan (M.M.), ..

How popular is Melba?

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. Demographics)

Melba entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #211 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Malva and Melva are the prominent varying forms of Melba. These relations of Melba reached the peak of their popularity in the 1920s (average #872), but now, forms such as Melba have become less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melba, Melva in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alba, Beba, Bebba, Elba, Ellba, Keiba, Mala, Malea, Malia, Malka, Mea, Meara, Mecca, Meda, Medea, Media, Meeca, Meeka, Meelia, Meena, Meera, Meica, Meira, Mekea, Mel, Mela, Melana, Melesa, Melia, Melida, Melina, Melisa, Melita, Meliza, Mella, Melli, Melly, Melosa, Melya, Melyta, Mena, Mera, Merla, Merna, Mesa, Meta, Meya, Meyta, Mila, Milka, Milla, Myla, Reba, Rebba, Reeba, Reyba and Zeba. These names tend to be less frequently used than Melba.

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