Meaning and name origin
Melissa \m(e)-lissa, mel(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced ma-LISS-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Melissa is "bee; honey". Mythology: the name of a princess of Crete who was changed into a bee after she found out how to collect honey. The name was used since ancient Greece. Singer Melissa Manchester; actress Melissa Gilbert; dancer Molissa Fenley.
Melissa has 31 variant forms: Lisa, Malissa, Mallissa, Mel, Melesa, Melessa, Melicent, Melicia, Melisa, Melisande, Melise, Melisanda, Melisent, Melisha, Melisse, Melitta, Meliza, Mellicent, Mellie, Mellisa, Melly, Melosa, Milli, Millicent, Millie, Millisent, Millissent, Milly, Missie, Missy and Molissa.
Melissa is a very popular first name for females (#30 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Melissa for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Melissa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Melissa (#224), Millie (#505), Lisa (#750), Missie, Lissa, Missy, Mellisa, Malissa, Melisa, Mellie and Millicent. (2014 statistics).