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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.

For more information, see also related girl names Lissa and Mischa.


Popularity

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).


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

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

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).


Top 1000 baby names ranking of Melissa, Millie, Lisa, Missie, Lissa, Missy, Mellisa, Malissa, Melisa, Mellie, Millicent in U.S.

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


Similar Names

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

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