What does Melissa mean?
Melissa \m(e)-lissa, mel(is)-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.
Melissa is a very popular first name for women (#30 out of 4276, Top 1%) but a rare last name for all people. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Melissa and affiliated names. 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) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 and is now significantly lower, with forms like Lisa, Missy, Millicent, Melisa and Malissa falling out of style. Millie (#505) and Melissa (#224) are two of the more fashionable girl names among these, with Melissa and Millie enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)