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Gender: F Meaning of Melissa: "honeybee" Origin of Melissa: Greek Melissa's Popularity in 2013: #202

Most parents today think of Melissa as one of the fashionable names during their childhoods. But there are still plenty of little Melissas around--it is currently at Number 202-- and Melissa is also a more classic name than you might think, used in the U.S. since the eighteenth century and originating as the name of a nymph in Greek mythology: the mythical Melissa was nursemaid to the infant god Zeus.

Melissa was used as a given name by the early Greeks, as well as for fairies by Italian Renaissance poets--Melissa was the name of the good witch in Ariosto's major 1532 narrative poem Orlando Furioso. Later, it can be found in the works of a wide range of writers, including Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Lawrence Durrell.

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Famous People Named Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Higgins, Australian singer and actress
Melissa Rose "Melrose" Bickerstaff, American model
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Melissa Etheridge, American singer
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Melissa Grimes, fashion designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
Melissa Ordway, American actress
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Melissa 'Missy' Franklin, US Olympic Gold Medal swimmer
Melissa McBride, American actress
Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott, American singer
Melissa Mathison, American film & TV screenwriter
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Pop Culture References for the Name Melissa

"Melissa" by the Allman Brothers
"(Is that you) Melissa?" by Mercyful Fate
Melissa Hastings, older sister of Spencer from ''Pretty Little Liars''
Melissa Artemis, Greek dancer & prostitute in "The Alexandria Quartet"
Melissa Norman, from the movie "Room 6"
Melissa Nelson, from "Malicious"
Melissa Webber, from "Packin' It In"
Melissa Hooper, competitor on E! reality show "Bridalplasty"
Melissa, heroine in Barbara Cartland's book An Arrow of Love
Melissa Gale, character in the game "Siren: Blood Curse"
Melissa "Lissa" Daniels the main character from Kody Keplingers "Shut Out"

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Melissa's International Variations

Mélisande, Melissande (French) Melisa, Malisa (Spanish)

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