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Gender: Female Meaning of Melisande: "strong in work" Origin of Melisande: French form of Millicent, German

The name Melisande is a girl's name of German, French origin meaning "strong in work". Melisande and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

This old-time fairy tale name is rarely heard in the modern English-speaking world, but it's so, well, mellifluous, that it would make a lovely choice for a twenty-first century girl--a romanticized tribute to an Aunt Melissa or Melanie.

Pelleas and Melisande is a play by Maeterlinck, the inspiration for the Debussy opera of the same name. In modern times, Melisande became a princess via the Rankin and Bass film The Flight of Dragons. And Broadway buffs might remember Melisande as the name the main character Ella Peterson takes in the musical Bells are Ringing. The name of the beautiful red-haired character on Game of Thrones is spelled Melisandre.

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Famous People Named Melisande

Pop Culture References for the name Melisande

Mélisande, character in "Pelléas and Mélisande," Symbolist play by Maurice Maeterlinck
Princess Melisande, character in film The Flight of Dragons
Melisande, Zuleika Dobson's maid in the book by Max Beerbohm (1911)
Melisande Shahrizai, noblewoman who plots to dethrone the queen of Terre d'Ange in Jacqueline Carey's 'Kushiel' series.
Melisande Scott, alias of Ella Peterson in musical 'Bells are Ringing'
Melisande, character in The Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans
"Melisande," short story by E. Nesbit
"Melisande," painting of a woman in red by Marianne Stokes


Toronto87 Says:


Just discovered this name it's so beautiful. Very elegant.

Lola Says:


We have a friend named Melisande and she pronounces it Mel-ih-sond. I think you can't go wrong with any pronunciation though (;

emmie113 Says:


Even though I'm pretty sure it's not a legit pronunciation of this name, I love the way Mel-iss-an-dee sounds. So poetic and pretty.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


In French it's May-lee-sond, with the acute accent (Mélisande), but the German pronunciation is easier for English speakers. It's Mel-ih-SAND.

LimeLightDeLight Says:


how is it pronounced?

Sorceress Says:


Name for a princess.