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Gender: Female Origin of Melinda: English combination name

The name Melinda is a girl's name of English origin. Melinda and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF Elimination".

From the experts:

In the eighteenth century there was a poetic fad for names with the 'inda' sound, and, along with Belinda, Clarinda, Dorinda and Florinda, Melinda was one of those created at that time. It came into non-literary use in the 1840's, peaking in the U.S. in the late 1960s and 1970s: Melinda was a Top 100 name from 1967 to 1980. It began to fade as nickname Mindy ascended. Nowadays, however, Melinda feels more contemporary than cousins Melissa, Mindy, Belinda and Linda.

Melinda was the name of the lead character played by Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisperer; her most prominent modern bearer is philanthropist Melinda Gates.

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Famous People Named Melinda

Melinda Leanna Shankar, Canadian actress
Melinda Ann French Gates, American philanthropist, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates
Melinda Patrice "Mindy" Clarke, American actress
Melinda Rose Dillon, American actress
Melinda Rosalie Kinnaman, Swedish actress
Melinda Czink, Hungarian tennis player
Melinda Gebbie, American comics artist
Melinda Hill, American comedienne/actress
Melinda Schwegmann, American politician, 49th lieutenant governor of Louisiana
MelindaJ "Mindy" Barbieri, Australian soccer player
(Melinda) Wrenn Schmidt, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Melinda

Melinda Gordon, character on TV's "Ghost Whisperer"
Dr. Melinda Warner, character on TV's "Law & Order"
Melinda Sordino, main character in "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Warren, character on TV's "Charmed"
Melinda Halliwell, Piper and Leo's daughter on TV's "Charmed"
Melinda Mickens, character on TV's "True Blood"
Melinda Finster, Chuckie's deceased mother on animated series "Rugrats"
Melinda May, a character on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"


indiefendi2 Says:


I like Melinda. Melinda Gates gives it an intelligent and philanthropic image.

Melinda White Says:


I like my name! Anyone I know who has my name was def born between late 60's -late 70's , I'm actually in between. Also my nick name is Mindy which I hate! Lol. The phrase "Mork where's Mindy?" from (The Mork & Mindy show) got real old & sounded very corny to me, haha! Otherwise I don't really hear my name anymore but know 4 other woman who have it. I like Mel for short! ;)

bordercollie Says:


I like this name a lot more than Belinda or Linda. Slightly prefer Melissa, but only by a tiny bit.

Melsie22 Says:


My name :)

Zelliew Says:


Yes ! I think it's a lovely feminine name

flora_kate Says:


The prettiest of all the -linda names in my opinion!