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Gender: Female Meaning of Melanie: "black, dark" Origin of Melanie: Greek Melanie's Popularity in 2017: #90

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 Dark Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

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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.

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Famous People Named Melanie

Melanie Janine "Mel B" Brown aka Scary Spice, British singer of The Spice Girls
Melanie Jayne "Mel C" Chisholm aka Sporty Spice, English singer of The Spice Girls
Melanie Ann Amaro, American-Virgin Islander pop singer ("The X Factor")
Melanie Adele Martinez, American alternative singer and songwriter
Melanie Ruth Blatt, English pop singer of All Saints
Melanie Clare Sophie "Mel" Giedroyc, English television presenter and actress
Melanie Richards Griffith, American actress
Melanie Jayne Lynskey, New Zealand actress
Melanie Joy Mayron, American actress
Melanie Janene Thornton, American pop singer of La Bouche
Melanie Oudin, American tennis player
Melanie Doane, Canadian pop singer
Melanie Jane Johnson, British MP and economic secretary
Melanie Fiona (Hallim), Canadian R&B singer
Melanie Lambert, American pair skater
Melanie (Anne Safka), American singer-songwriter
Melanie Jayne South, English tennis player
Melanie Reizes Klein, Austrian-British psychoanalyst
Melanie Phillips, British journalist, author and commentator
Melanie Joanna Merkosky, Canadian actress
Melanie Margalis, American swimmer
Melanie Scrofano, Canadian Actress known for hit Syfy series Wynonna Earp

Pop Culture References for the name Melanie

Melanie Marcus, a character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
Melanie "Melly" Hamilton, character in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
Melanie Segal, character in "Bunheads"
Melanie Stryder, character in by Stephenie Meyer's "The Host"
Melanie Isaacs, character in J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace"
Melanie Barnett, a character on TV's "The Game"
Melanie Jonas, character on American soap opera "Days of Our Lives"
Melanie Bush, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Melanie Tucker, character film "Cyberbully"
Melanie Jane "Mel" Owen, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Melanie Pearson, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Melanie Cross, character on TV's '"Under The Dome"
Melanie Puckett, character in TV"s "iCarly"
Melanie Jane Montgomery, character in Rachael Allen's "The Revenge Playbook"

Melanie's International Variations

Melaniya, Milya, Melana, Melanya, Melanka, Melasya, Melashka (Russian) Melania (Greek) Melani, Mélanie, Mélaine, Melaniu (French) Melena (Slavic) Ela, Melka, Mela (Polish) Milena, Melina (Spanish) Melain (German)