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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.

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Famous People Named Melinda

Melinda Clarke, American actress
Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates
Melinda Dillon- Actress, the mother in A Christmas Story
Melinda Kinnaman, Swedish actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Melinda

Melinda from Ghost Whisperer - played by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Melinda is the narrator and protagonist of Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel SPEAK.
Melinda Warren, a character from Charmed
Melinda Mickens, Sam's biological mother on HBO's True Blood
Melinda Finster, Chuckie's deceased mother on Rugrats

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