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Gender: F Meaning of Melanie: "black, dark" Origin of Melanie: Greek Melanie's Popularity in 2013: #84

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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 "Mel B" Brown (b. 1975), member of the British pop group Spice Girls, known as Scary Spice
Melanie "Mel C" Chisholm (b. 1974), member of the British pop group Spice Girls, known as Sporty Spice
Melanie "Mel" Giedroyc (b. 1968), English television presenter and actress
Melanie Griffith (b. 1957), American actress
Melanie Mayron (b. 1952), American actress ("Thirtysomething")
Melanie Thornton (1967-2001), American pop singer (vocalist for La Bouche)

Pop Culture References for the Name Melanie

Melanie Daniels, "The Birds" (film)
Melanie Hamilton, "Gone with the Wind" (novel and film)
Melanie Isaacs, "Disgrace" (novel and film)
Melanie Marcus, "Queer as Folk" (television series)
Melanie Puckett, "iCarly" (television series)
Melanie Stryder, "The Host" (novel and film)
Melanie, Toto song

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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)