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What does Melissa mean?

Melissa /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.

Related girl names: Lissa and Mischa.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Melisca, Melsa, ..

(male) Melissey, Melsey, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Melissa for girls. Melissa reached its apex rank of #3 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #224 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Millie (#505 via latest list), Lisa (#750), Milly (#1654), Mischa, Missy, Missie, Mellisa, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa, Mellie and Millicent are the popular related forms of Melissa (#224 via latest list). Adoption of these forms of Melissa reached its apex 4 decades ago (usage of 5.3%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1%, 97%), 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.