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Gender: F Meaning of Melanie: "black, dark" Origin of Melanie: Greek Melanie's Popularity in 2014: #79

Gone with the Wind inspired a generation of girls named Melanie, though it looks as though Scarlett will triumph in the end.

Melanie was the name of two Roman saints of the fifth century, a grandmother and granddaughter. The name was introduced to England from France in the Middle Ages. In the US, Melanie became a Top 100 name in the late sixties, and remains still at Number 84. Trivia tidbit: Melanie Griffith was named after the character her mother, Tippi Hedren, played in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

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Famous People Named Melanie

Melanie Janine "Mel B" Brown aka Scary Spice, British singer of The Spice Girls
Melanie Jayne "Mel C" Chisholm aka Sporty Spice, English singer of The Spice Girls
Melanie Blatt, English pop singer of All Saints
Melanie Clare Sophie "Mel" Giedroyc, English television presenter and actress
Melanie Griffith, American actress
Melanie Joy Mayron, American actress
Melanie Janene Thornton, American pop singer of La Bouche
Melanie Oudin, American tennis player
Melanie Fiona (Hallim), Canadian R&B singer
Melanie (Anne Safka), American singer-songwriter
Melanie Reizes Klein, Austrian-British psychoanalyst
Melanie Phillips, British journalist, author and commentator
Melanie Joanna Merkosky, Canadian actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Melanie

Melanie Marcus, a character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
Melanie "Melly" Hamilton, character in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
Melanie Stryder, character in by Stephenie Meyer's "The Host"
Melanie Isaacs, character in J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace"
Melanie Barnett, a character on TV's The Game
Melanie Jonas, character on American soap opera Days of Our Lives
Melanie Bush, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Melanie Tucker, character film "Cyberbully"
Melanie Jane "Mel" Owen, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Melanie Pearson, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Melanie Cross, character on TV's '"Under The Dome"
Melanie Puckett, character in TV"s "iCarly"

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Melanie's International Variations

Melani, Mélanie, Mélaine, Melaniu (French) Melain (German) Melania (Greek) Ela, Melka, Mela (Polish) Melaniya, Milya, Melana, Melanya, Melanka, Melasya, Melashka (Russian) Melena (Slavic) Milena, Melina (Spanish)

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