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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 Mellicia and Malicia.
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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)
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