Gender: Female Meaning of Melissa: "honeybee" Origin of Melissa: Greek Melissa's Popularity in 2019: #339

Melissa Origin and Meaning

The name Melissa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "honeybee".

Melissa derives from the Greek word mélissa, meaning “bee,” which was taken from the word for honey, meli. In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who nursed the infant god Zeus with honey. Melissa was used as a given name by the early Greeks, as well as for fairies by Italian Renaissance poets.

Most parents today think of Melissa as one of the fashionable names during their childhoods, and indeed for years it was one of the most popular girl names starting with M. But there are still plenty of little Melissas around 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.

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.

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Rank in US: #339

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Melissa's International Variations

Mélisande, Melissande (French) Melisa, Malisa (Spanish)


Viviennethenaturegirl Says:


Oh I'm sorry.

AshleyHope37 Says:


My childhood best friend was named Melissa. She was always laughing, making people laugh, positive and full of life. Just learned yesterday that she died last week in a tragic car accident. She was crushed by a semi truck. Now considering naming my first daughter after her 😥.

AllMyCrazyChildren Says:


My 7-year-old daughter's name! Yes it has a 70s/80s feel, but it's so feminine and sweet. Plus, there aren't many other young Melissas out there these days, so her name is unique without being weird.

ariel44 Says:


I love the name Melissa too in fact my sister's name is Melissa!

burg123 Says:


Meli and Millie are cute nicknames, but I don't like the full name

Melissa Says:


Searching your own name and reading the comments about is a lovely little boost for the day. Thanks for that. Xx

91flaviaj Says:


I love Melissa because the meaning. "HoneyBee". So cute. The nickname Mel literally means "Honey" in portuguese language. It's a sweet name.

scblovesnames Says:


This is cute. Melissa is just a cute name. It has the same feeling as Melody to me, and almost feels like the best compromise between Clarissa and Melody to me. Not the top of my list, but it is a back up option.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love both Melissa and Melanie

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hufflepuff Says:


I'm a hobby beekeeper. I love gardening and growing flowers specifically for my beautiful hives of serene golden bees. I never knew the name Melissa meant honeybee or had so much rich history! I was born in 1985 so Melissa was just another name to me. Now that I've rediscovered it, however, it has quickly become one of my very favorite names. It's the only name I can find that means bee, besides Bee itself!

actingfun Says:


Now would be a good time to use this name, considering it's on the downward trend and it will most likely not get popular again for a while. I have a friend named Melissa, and she is super sweet and fun.

vintageisfave Says:


I love the meaning!

Zelliew Says:


Melissa is a pretty name

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Meli would be a cute nickname.

DearestJules Says:


The meaning ("honeybee") is too cute!

raevynstar Says:


I don't care how dated this is (if that bothered me, I would have about half the names on my current list)!