Gender: Female Origin of Meilani: Modern invented name Meilani's Popularity in 2019: #879

Meilani Origin and Meaning

The name Meilani is a girl's name .

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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Rank in US: #879

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Allonzaga Says:


Thank you Michelle! This information is not accurate. The name Meilani was not invented by Jenni Farley. My daughter’s name is also Meilani (spelled the same) and she was born in 2010. We previously knew someone else named Maelani (spelled differently). We liked the name a lot but we liked it spelled like Leilani better so we just replaced the L with an M and named our daughter Meilani in 2010. I don’t know how many others out there also had that name previous to 2014, but based on these comments there are many. Just because someone who is famous used a name that was uncommon at the time does not necessarily mean they were the first. Please check your facts before publishing in the future.

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?