What does Melissa mean?
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.more]
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)
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)
Millie (#505 2 years ago), Lisa (#750), Missie, Missy, Millicent, Mellie, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa and Mellisa are the popular related forms of Melissa (#224 2 years ago). Adoption of these forms of Melissa reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.294%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1383%, ▼53%). Melissa has been the most common, while Millie has become trendy as well, and Lisa is now less common. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Melissa and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)