Melissa - girls name

Melissa name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Melissa name meaning:

The name Melissa is of Greek origin and has a rich and complex meaning. It is derived from the Greek word "melissa," which translates to "honey bee" in English. In Greek mythology, Melissa was the name of a nymph who discovered the use of honey. The name Melissa is often associated with sweetness, fertility, and industriousness, as bees are known for their hard work and the production of honey. Therefore, the name Melissa can symbolize a person who is diligent, productive, and brings sweetness and joy to others.

In addition to its Greek roots, the name Melissa also has significance in other cultures. In Hebrew, Melissa is a variation of the name Miriam, which means "bitterness." However, this should not be seen as a negative connotation, as bitterness can also signify strength and resilience. Overall, the name Melissa evokes images of a kind, hardworking, and nurturing individual who brings joy and sweetness to those around her.

Origin: Greek


Related names

Melissa , Lissa, Melita

Other girls names beginning with M


Overall UK ranking: 254 out of 5581

188 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (558)

Historical popularity of Melissa

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