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Gender: Female Meaning of Melissa: "honeybee" Origin of Melissa: Greek Melissa's Popularity in 2017: #273

The name Melissa is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "honeybee". Melissa is ranked #273 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names with Animal Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change Two Letters (10 names)".

From the experts:

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: 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.

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Famous People Named Melissa

Melissa Benoist, American actress
Melissa Fumero, American actress
Melissa "Missy" Higgins, Australian singer and actress
Melissa Rose "Melrose" Bickerstaff, American model
Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
Melissa Etheridge, American singer
Melissa Claire Egan, American actress
Melissa George, Australian-American actress
Melissa Rosenberg, American actress
Melissa Grimes, fashion designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
Melissa Ordway, American actress
Melissa Gilbert, American actress
Melissa McCarthy, American actress
Melissa 'Missy' Franklin, US Olympic Gold Medal swimmer
Melissa McBride, American actress
Melissa Sue Anderson, American actress
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott, American singer
Melissa Mathison, American film & TV screenwriter
Melissa Margaret Peterman, American actress & comedian
Melissa Ivy Rauch, American actress & comedian
Melissa Chessington Leo, American actress
Melissa Lynn, L.A. stylist and fiancee of actor Jonathan Sadowski
Melissa Trn, costume designer and wife of actor Brett Dalton
Melissa "Missy" (Hollister) Lanning, American vlogger as part of "Daily Bumps"
Melissa Palma Julie Tancredi, Canadian soccer player
Melissa Susanne Henderson, American soccer player
Melissa Marie Ortiz Matallana, Colombian football player
Melissa Anne Barbieri, Australian soccer player
Melissa Hooper, competitor on E! reality show "Bridalplasty"

Pop Culture References for the name Melissa

"Melissa" by the Allman Brothers
"(Is that you) Melissa?" by Mercyful Fate
Melissa Hastings, older sister of Spencer from ''Pretty Little Liars''
Melissa Artemis, Greek dancer & prostitute in "The Alexandria Quartet"
Melissa Norman, from the movie "Room 6"
Melissa Nelson, from "Malicious"
Melissa Webber, from "Packin' It In"
Melissa Scully, character on FOX's "X-Files"
Melissa, heroine in Barbara Cartland's book An Arrow of Love
Melissa Gale, character in the game "Siren: Blood Curse"
Melissa "Lissa" Daniels the main character from Kody Keplingers "Shut Out"
Melissa McCall, mother of Scott from MTV's "Teen Wolf"
Melissa Lewis, commander of the Ares 3 mission in "The Martian"
Melissa 'Oregon' Shawcross, character in TV's "Fresh Meat."
Melissa Lycan, character in Aphmau's YouTube series

Melissa's International Variations

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


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)!