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What does Melinda mean?

Melinda Pronunciation of Melinda as a girls' name is pronounced ma-LIN-dah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Melinda is "sweet". Modern name coined in the 18th century from the word "melitus".


ASSOCIATED WITH sweet (beautiful), modern, 18th century


VARIANTS Linda, Lindy, Linnie, Lynda, Maillie, Malina, Malinda, Malinde, Mallie, Mally, Malynda, Mandy, Melina, Melinde, Meline, Mellinda, Melynda




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How popular is Melinda?

Melinda is a very popular first name for females (#223 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Melinda reached its apex rank of #91 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #1590 currently. (2016 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Melinda (#1590 VIA LATEST LIST) ranked in the Top 2000 are Linda (#669), Lindy, Linnie, Lynda, Malina (#1599), Malinda, Mallie, Mandy, Melina (#609), Melynda and Mindy. Adoption of these forms of Melinda was well-received in the 1940s (AVERAGE #1229) and has become much reduced since (#1705, DOWN 99%), with versions like Lynda becoming less in vogue. Melina is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melinda, Linda, Lindy, Linnie, Lynda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Malina, Malinda, Mallie, Mandy, Melina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melynda, Mindy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Linda, Melina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Adelinda, Alinda, Amelinda, Arlinda, Belenda, Belinda, Belindra (see Belinda), Bellinda, Belynda, Calinda, Celida, Celina, Celinda, Celinde, Celinka, Celinna, Colinda, Delina, Delinda, Deolinda, Derinda, Elinda, Erlinda, Felina, Glinda, Jelina, Jolinda, Kalinda, Marinda, Medina, Melaina, Melana, Melania, Melantha, Melia, Melicia, Melida, Meliora, Melisa, Melisanda, Melisha, Melissa, Melita, Melitia, Melitta, Meliza, Mellina, Melvina, Meranda, Merlina, Minda, Nelida, Odelinda, Olinda, Salinda, Selina, Selinda, Selinde, Velinda, Yalinda, Zelina and Zerlinda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melinda.

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