English combination name
"beautiful honey"

Melinda Origin and Meaning

The name Melinda is a girl's name of English origin meaning "beautiful honey".

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 is a name fashioned from two common elements in girls' names. Mel means honey or honeybee, or alternatively dark, and is found as an element in such names as Melissa and Pamela. Linda means beautiful.

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. If you don't like the nickname Mindy, you could go with Mel, Lin, or Lindy.

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Melinda Popularity

Famous People Named Melinda

  • Melinda Leanna ShankarCanadian actress
  • Melinda Ann French GatesAmerican philanthropist, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates
  • Melinda Patrice "Mindy" ClarkeAmerican actress
  • Melinda Rose DillonAmerican actress
  • Melinda Rosalie KinnamanSwedish actress
  • Melinda CzinkHungarian tennis player
  • Melinda GebbieAmerican comics artist
  • Melinda HillAmerican comedienne/actress
  • Melinda SchwegmannAmerican politician, 49th lieutenant governor of Louisiana
  • MelindaJ "Mindy" BarbieriAustralian soccer player
  • (Melinda) Wrenn SchmidtAmerican actress

Melinda in Pop Culture

  • Melinda Gordoncharacter on TV's "Ghost Whisperer"
  • Dr. Melinda Warnercharacter on TV's "Law & Order"
  • Melinda Sordinomain character in "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Melinda Warrencharacter on TV's "Charmed"
  • Melinda HalliwellPiper and Leo's daughter on TV's "Charmed"
  • Melinda Mickenscharacter on TV's "True Blood"
  • Melinda FinsterChuckie's deceased mother on animated series "Rugrats"
  • Melinda Maya character on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"
  • Melinda "Mel" Monroecharacter on TV's "Virgin River"