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What does Melanie mean?

Melanie Pronunciation of Melanie as a girls' name is pronounced MEL-a-nee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Melanie is "black, dark". From the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek "melaina". Religion: Saint Melania was a wealthy heiress and philantrophist of the fourth and fifth century who freed thousands of slaves and engaged in lifelong good works. The name became popular because of the novel "Gone With the Wind" and its character Melanie Wilkes. Actresses Melanie Mayron, Melanie Griffith.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, saint, wealthy, good, novel (literary)


VARIANTS Malaney, Malanie, Mel, Mela, Melaina, Melaine, Melainey, Melana, Melanee, Melaney, Melani, Melania, Melaniya, Melanney, Melannie, Melantha, Melany, Mella, Mellanie, Melli, Mellie, Melloney, Mellony, Melly, Meloni, Melonie, Melonnie, Melony, Melloney, Milena




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How popular is Melanie?

Melanie is a very popular first name for females (#188 out of 4276, Top 4%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Melanie reached its peak rank of #56 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is presently at #105. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Melanie (#105 FROM RECENT DATA) are Laine (#1966), Melaine, Melani (#1175), Melania (#1081), Melany (#615), Mella, Mellie, Melonie, Melony and Milena (#804). These forms of Melanie were popular 5 decades ago (USAGE OF 0.4%) and are somewhat less widespread today (USAGE 0.2%, 33% LESS), with the version Mellie becoming less trendy. Melanie is more universally found than the rest, though Melania has become popular as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melanie, Laine, Melaine, Melani, Melania in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melany, Mella, Mellie, Melonie, Melony, Milena in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Melanie is alike in pronunciation to Malana, Meleana, Melina, Milana and Miliani. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aryanie, Bernie, Danie, Delancie, Delane, Delanie, Devanie, Elanie, Eulalie, Flavie, Genie, Gennie, Henie, Hennie, Jeanie, Jeannie, Jelani, Joanie, Kelcie, Kellbie (see Kelby), Kellsie, Kelpie, Kelsie, Lanie, Lealie, Macie, Magalie, Malinde, Malkie, Mallie, Malvie, Mamie, Mandie, Marnie, Maxie, Mazie, Meave, Medie, Megan, Meghanne, Melene, Melia, Melinde (see Melinda), Meline, Melisande, Melise, Melitia, Melodi, Melodie, Melusine, Melvie, Melvine, Melynda, Mercie, Millie, Minnie, Mollie, Monnie, Mylene, Nellie, Nelsie, Pelagie, Phanie, Rennie, Rosanie, Selie, Stefanie, Teenie, Valarie and Vernie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melanie.

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