"black, dark"

Melanie Origin and Meaning

The name Melanie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "black, dark".
Gone with the Wind inspired a generation of girls named Melanie, though it looks as though Scarlett will triumph in the end.

Melanie was the name of two Roman saints of the fifth century, a grandmother and granddaughter. The name was introduced to England from France in the Middle Ages. In the US, Melanie has been a steadily popular choice since the late sixties. Trivia tidbit: Melanie Griffith was named after the character her mother, Tippi Hedren, played in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.
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Famous People Named Melanie

  • Melanie Janine "Mel B" Brown aka Scary SpiceBritish singer of The Spice Girls
  • Melanie Jayne "Mel C" Chisholm aka Sporty SpiceEnglish singer of The Spice Girls
  • Melanie Ann AmaroAmerican,Virgin Islander pop singer ("The X Factor")
  • Melanie Adele MartinezAmerican alternative singer and songwriter
  • Melanie Ruth BlattEnglish pop singer of All Saints
  • Melanie Clare Sophie "Mel" GiedroycEnglish television presenter and actress
  • Melanie Richards GriffithAmerican actress
  • Melanie Jayne LynskeyNew Zealand actress
  • Melanie Joy MayronAmerican actress
  • Melanie Janene ThorntonAmerican pop singer of La Bouche
  • Melanie OudinAmerican tennis player
  • Melanie DoaneCanadian pop singer
  • Melanie Jane JohnsonBritish MP and economic secretary
  • Melanie Fiona (Hallim)Canadian R&B singer
  • Melanie LambertAmerican pair skater
  • Melanie (Anne Safka)American singer,songwriter
  • Melanie Jayne SouthEnglish tennis player
  • Melanie Reizes KleinAustrian,British psychoanalyst
  • Melanie PhillipsBritish journalist, author and commentator
  • Melanie Joanna MerkoskyCanadian actress
  • Melanie MargalisAmerican swimmer
  • Melanie ScrofanoCanadian Actress known for hit Syfy series Wynonna Earp
  • Melanie Shatneractress & daughter of William Shatner

Melanie in Pop Culture

  • Melanie Marcusa character on TV's "Queer as Folk"
  • Melanie "Melly" Hamiltoncharacter in Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind"
  • Melanie Segalcharacter in "Bunheads"
  • Melanie Strydercharacter in by Stephenie Meyer's "The Host"
  • Melanie Isaacscharacter in J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace"
  • Melanie Barnetta character on TV's "The Game"
  • Melanie Jonascharacter on American soap opera "Days of Our Lives"
  • Melanie Bushcharacter on TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Melanie Tuckercharacter film "Cyberbully"
  • Melanie Jane "Mel" Owencharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Melanie Pearsoncharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Melanie Crosscharacter on TV's '"Under The Dome"
  • Melanie Puckettcharacter in TV"s "iCarly"
  • Melanie Cavillcharacter in "Snowpiercer"
  • Melanie Jane Montgomerycharacter in Rachael Allen's "The Revenge Playbook"
  • Melanie "Mel" Veracharacter in CW's "Charmed" reboot
  • Melanie Kingcharacter on "The Magnus Archives"

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