What does Melissa mean?
Melissa [melis-sa] as a girls' 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 variants: Lisa▼, Malissa▼, Mallissa, Mel, Melesa, Melessa, Melicent, Melicia, Melisa▼, Melisanda, Melisande, Melise, Melisent, Melisha, Melisse, Melitta, Meliza, Mellicent, Mellie▼, Mellisa, Melly, Melosa, Milli, Millicent▼, Millie, Millisent, Millissent, Milly, Missie, Missy and Molissa.Creative forms:
(female) Melcy, Melisma, ..
(male) Melista, Melsey, .. Middle name pairings:
Melissa Kamari (M.K.), ..
How popular is Melissa?
Melissa is a very popular first name for women (#30 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#98770 out of 150436, Top 66%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Melissa reached its apex rank of #3 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #253 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Millie (#477 via latest list), Lisa (#749), Milly, Mischa, Missy, Missie, Mellisa, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa, Mellie and Millicent are the popular related forms of Melissa (#253 via latest list). Adoption of these forms of Melissa reached its apex 5 decades ago (usage of 5.3%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1%, ▼98%), with forms like Melissa going out of style.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Alissa▼, Allissa, Arlissa, Belisse, Bellissa, Calissa, Celisse, Cerissa, Delisa, Delisha, Delissa, Delyssa, Denissa, Elissa, Ellissa, Felisa, Felisha, Feliss, Helisa, Ilissa, Illissa, Jalissa, Jelisa, Jelissa, Jolissa, Julissa, Kalissa, Lerissa, Malicia, Malika, Malisha, Marissa▼, Marlissa, Melia, Melida, Melina▲, Melinda▼, Meliora, Melita, Melitia, Mellicia, Mellisha, Merissa, Meryssa, Morissa, Nerissa, Telisa, Telisha and Ulissa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melissa.See names in meaning and etymology.