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Gender: Female Origin of Meilani: Modern invented name Meilani's Popularity in 2017: #911

The name Meilani is a girl's name . Meilani is ranked #911 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Meilani may sound like a Hawaiian name, kind of a mashup of Leilani and Melanie, but it's actually an invention by that style-maven JWoww, AKA Jenni Farley of Jersey Shore, who used it for her daughter. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

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Famous People Named Meilani

Meilani Alexandra (b. 2014), daughter of reality show star Jenni "JWoww" Farley
Meilani Paul, American actress
Janel Meilani Parrish, American actress
Meilani Clay, American poet
Bethany Meilani Hamilton, American surfer; subject of film "Soul Surfer"

Pop Culture References for the name Meilani


Cheshire Cat Says:


Meilani is such a pretty name, a jewel of a hawaiian group of names. Reminds me of Leilani, one of my favourite names! :D

Meilani Clay-Solomon Says:


Thank you! I am almost 30 years old so unless my mother is a secret time traveler, she certainly didn't name me after JWow's daughter. I asked a native Hawaiian who worked at my school the meaning of my name and he shared it means "heavenly flower."

Vandessa M. Johnson Says:


My daughter is named Mei'lani pronounced May-Ee-Lah-Nee. She's 8 yrs old so JWoww definitely did NOT come up with the name nor was I following suit. I saw the two names separately in a baby book and put them together. The meaning of the name is greatness of heaven. No it's not Hawaiian. It's a combo of Chinese and Polynesian.

Michelle Patterson Says:


meilani IS hawaiian and was certainly NOT created by J-wow.. plenty of girls older than Jwows daughter have been named Meilani. Case in point.. the "soul surfer" Bethany Hamilton, who is now in her 20s.. and who became famous when losing an arm to a shark at age 13, and going on to become a professional surfer anyway... her (maiden) name is Bethany MEILANI Hamilton

what idiot wrote the description of this beautiful name?

Alicia1 Says:


What a truly beautiful name, I love the Lani part!

sashapizzarova Says:


I've read that this means "dark skinned beauty" in Hawaiian

iyanlafixmylife Says:


Mailani is Hawaiian and has nothing to do with the name Melanie.

Giinkies Says:


I know the description says it's a variation of Melanie but the -lani name suffix means heavenly in Hawaiian and is actually quite common there. So I would also assume this name meant "Heavenly ------".

Guest Says:


Hawaiian, I presume?