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Gender: female
Pronunciation: muh-LISS-ah
Meaning: honey bee
Related Names: Lissa, Malissa, Mallissa, Melesa, Melessa, Melicent, Melicia, Melisa, Melisanda, Melisande, Melise, Melisent, Melisha, Melisse, Melitta, Meliza, Mellie, Mellisa, Melly, Melosa

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 99


Name: melissa Origin: Greek,, Meaning (no case): honey bee



The name Melissa derives from the Greek “melissa” meaning “a honey bee,” which stems from “meli” meaning “honey.”

In Greek Mythology, it was the name of nymph who saved Zeus from Cronus, his father. In the process, she fed him honey. However, subsequently, Cronus turned her into a worm. To counter, Zeus turned her into a queen bee.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Melissa ranked as the 30th most popular female first name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names four twelve decades since 1880 and in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 200 most popular girls' names each year from 2000 (71st) through 2006 (117th).

United States Popularity of the girl's name Melissa in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:117th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:104th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:100th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:97th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:80th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:74th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:71st

In the 21st century, in Scotland, Melissa has ranked in the Top 100 most popular girls' names each year from 2000 (54th) through 2006 (63rd).

Scotland Popularity of the girl's name Melissa in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:63rd
  • Year: 2005 Rank:63rd
  • Year: 2004 Rank:60th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:55th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:56th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:53rd
  • Year: 2000 Rank:54th

In 2007, Melissa ranked as the 32nd most popular girl’s name in Brazil.


  • September 21st is celebrated in France in honor of the name Melissa.


  • “Melissa” is a song by the southern rock group “The Allman Brothers Band” on the 1972 album “Eat a Peach.”
  • “Melissa” is the name of a good fairy in the 16th century poem "Orlando Furioso” by the Italian Ariosto.
  • “Melissa” is a genus name belonging to five herbs among the mint family of plants.
  • “Melissa” is the name of a mass-mailing macro virus computer worm.


  • Melissa Lou Etheridge - American rock singer and songwriter who won an Academy Award and two Grammy Awards.
  • Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott) – Hip hop R&B singer and songwriter.
  • Melissa Joan Hart – Actress who became widely known in her role playing Sabrina in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”
  • Melissa Bard - Miss Maine, USA, in 2001.
  • Melissa Gaboriau Auf der Maur – Canadian rock musician who was a member of the bands “Hole,” “Hand of Doom” and “The Smashing Pumpkins.”


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about MelissaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 7  +
Meaning honey bee  +
Meaningnc honey bee  +
Name melissa  +
Origin Greek  +
Popularity 1  +
Pronunciation muh-LISS-ah  +
Rank in 2000s 99  +
Related Lissa  +, Malissa  +, Mallissa  +, Melesa  +, Melessa  +, Melicent  +, Melicia  +, Melisa  +, Melisanda  +, Melisande  +, Melise  +, Melisent  +, Melisha  +, Melisse  +, Melitta  +, Meliza  +, Mellie  +, Mellisa  +, Melly  +, and Melosa  +
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