The name Melissa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "honeybee". Melissa is ranked #257 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Greek Baby Names for Modern Kids and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
From the experts:
Most parents today think of Melissa as one of the fashionable names during their childhoods. But there are still plenty of little Melissas around--it is currently at Number 257-- and Melissa is also a more classic name than you might think, used in the U.S. since the eighteenth century and originating as the name of a nymph in Greek mythology: the mythical Melissa was nursemaid to the infant god Zeus.
Melissa was used as a given name by the early Greeks, as well as for fairies by Italian Renaissance poets--Melissa was the name of the good witch in Ariosto's major 1532 narrative poem Orlando Furioso. Later, it can be found in the works of a wide range of writers, including Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Lawrence Durrell.