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pinWhat does Melissa mean?

Melissa /mel-is-sa/ [3 sylls.] 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.

Related girl names: Lissa and Mischa.

Kreatif forms: Maylissa, Melisna, Melisra. [more]

pinHow 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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Melissa for girls. Melissa reached its apex rank of #3 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #224 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Melissa name in U.S.

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

Millie (#505 a year ago), Lisa (#750), Missie, Missy, Millicent, Mellie, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa and Mellisa are the popular related forms of Melissa (#224 a year ago). Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.294%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1383%, 53%), with forms like Lisa, Melisa, Malissa, Millicent and Missy falling out of style. Millie (#505) and Melissa (#224) are two of the more fashionable girl names among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Melissa and Millie. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Melissa and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Melissa, Lisa, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mellie, Mellisa, Millicent, Millie, Missie, Missy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Melissa, Lisa, Millie outside U.S.

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Recommended similar baby names are Delissa, Jelissa, Malisha, Mellisha and Merissa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melissa.