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Girl Name: Melba

Name: Melba
Pronunciation: \m(e)-lba, mel-ba\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Variant forms: Malva, Mellba, Melva
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 493


Melba \m(e)-lba, mel-ba\ as a girl's name. Created as a surname by opera diva Nellie Melba (born Helen Mitchell), named after her hometown, Melbourne Australia. Such was her fame that many dishes were named after her, including Melba Toast and Peach Melba. The city of Melbourne takes its name from British politician William Lamb Melbourne (19th century) and means "border". Actress Melba Moore.

Melba has 3 variant forms: Malva, Mellba and Melva.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Melba.


Melba is a very popular first name for women (#493 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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