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Gender: F Origin of Melinda: English combination name

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In the eighteenth century there was a poetic fad for names with the 'inda' sound, and, along with Belinda, Clarinda, Dorinda and Florinda, Melinda was one of those created at that time. It came into non-literary use in the 1840's, peaking in the U.S. in the late 1960s and 1970s: Melinda was a Top 100 name from 1967 to 1980. It began to fade as nickname Mindy ascended. Nowadays, however, Melinda feels more contemporary than cousins Melissa, Mindy, Belinda and Linda.

Melinda was the name of the lead character played by Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisperer; her most prominent modern bearer is philanthropist Melinda Gates.

Famous People Named Melinda

Melinda Ann French Gates, American philanthropist, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates
Melinda Patrice "Mindy" Clarke, American actress
Melinda Rose Dillon, American actress
Melinda Rosalie Kinnaman, Swedish actress
Melinda Czink, Hungarian tennis player
Melinda Gebbie, American comics artist
Melinda Shankar, Canadian actress
Melinda Hill, American comedienne/actress
Melinda Schwegmann, American politician, 49th lieutenant governor of Louisiana

Pop Culture References for the Name Melinda

Melinda Gordon, character on TV's "Ghost Whisperer"
Melinda Sordino, main character in "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Warren, character on TV's "Charmed"
Melinda Mickens, character on TV's "True Blood"
Melinda Finster, Chuckie's deceased mother on animated series "Rugrats"
Melinda May, a character on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"

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