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What does Melissa mean?

Melissa Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: greek, bee, honey (beautiful), mythology, princess, ancient (old).


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.

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)

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

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melissa, Lisa, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mellie, Mellisa, Millicent, Millie, Milly in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mischa, Missie, Missy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended 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.

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