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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.

For more information, see also related girl names Lissa and Mischa.


Melissa is a very popular first name for women (#30 out of 4276, Top 1%) but a rare last name for all people. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Melissa name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Melissa and affiliated names. 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) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 and is now significantly lower, with forms like Lisa, Missy, Millicent, Melisa and Malissa falling out of style. Millie (#505) and Melissa (#224) are two of the more fashionable girl names among these, with Melissa and Millie enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lisa, Lissa, Malissa, Melisa, Melissa, Mellie, Mellisa, Millicent, Millie, Missie, Missy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lisa, Melissa, Millie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Delissa, Jelissa, Malisha, Mellisha and Merissa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melissa.