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%) 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 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). Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.294%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1383%, down 53%), with forms like Lisa, Melisa, Malissa, Millicent and Missy falling out of style. Millie (#505) and Melissa (#224) are two of the more fashionable girl names among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for Melissa and Millie. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Melissa and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)