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Melissa 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 learned 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 names Lissa and Mischa.

Suggested similar baby names are Delissa, Jelissa, Malisha, Mellisha and Merissa.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Melissa.

Popularity of Melissa

Melissa is a very popular first name for females (#30 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Melissa name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Melissa with its variant forms and related girl baby names.

Top 1000 ranking of Melissa name in U.S.
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