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

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Most parents today think of Melissa as one of the fashionable names during their childhoods. But there are still plenty of little Melissas around and Melissa is also a more classic name than you might think, used in the U.S. since the 18th century and originating as the name of a nymph in Greek mythology.

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Famous People Named Melissa

Melissa "Missy" Higgins, Australian singer and actress
Melissa Rose "Melrose" Bickerstaff, American model
Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
Melissa Etheridge, American singer
Melissa Claire Egan, American actress
Melissa George, Australian-American actress
Melissa Rosenberg, American actress
Melissa Grimes, fashion designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
Melissa Ordway, American actress
Melissa Gilbert, American actress
Melissa McCarthy, American actress
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
Melissa Margaret Peterman, American actress & comedian

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"

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Melissa's International Variations

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