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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 30 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 and Missy.
For more information, see also related names Lissa and Mischa. Baby names that sound like Melissa are Melisse, Melisa, Melessa and Malissa. Other similar baby names are Delissa, Jelissa, Merissa and Melisha.
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Popularity of Melissa
Melissa is a very popular first name for women (#30 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (1990 U.S. Census).
Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Melissa compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Melissa only.