The name Melanie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "black, dark". Melanie is ranked #105 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".
From the experts:
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.
Lists containing Melanie
Melanie in Blog Posts
Melanie in the Forums
16 names similar to Melanie
These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Melanie. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Melanie, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!