The name Melanie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "black, dark". Melanie is ranked #90 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".
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Gone with the Wind inspired a generation of girls named Melanie, though it looks as though Scarlett will triumph in the end.
Melanie was the name of two Roman saints of the fifth century, a grandmother and granddaughter. The name was introduced to England from France in the Middle Ages. In the US, Melanie has been a steadily popular choice since the late sixties. Trivia tidbit: Melanie Griffith was named after the character her mother, Tippi Hedren, played in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.