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Girl Name: Melissa

Name: Melissa
Pronunciation: \m(e)-lissa, mel(is)-sa\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: bee; honey
Origin: Greek
Related Names: Lissa, Mischa
Sounds Like: Mellicia, Malicia
Variant forms: Lisa, Malissa, Mallissa, Mel, Melesa, Melessa, Melicent, Melicia, Melisa, Melisande, Melise, Melisanda, Melisent, Melisha, Melisse, Melitta, Meliza, Mellicent, Mellie, Mellisa, Melly, Melosa, Milli, Millicent, Millie, Millisent, Millissent, Milly, Missie, Missy
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 30

Description

Melissa \m(e)-lissa, mel(is)-sa\ as a girl's name is pronounced ma-LISS-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Melissa is "bee; honey". Mythology: the name of a princess of Crete who was changed into a bee after she learned how to collect honey. The name was used since ancient Greece. Singer Melissa Manchester; actress Melissa Gilbert; dancer Molissa Fenley.

Melissa has 30 variant forms: Lisa, Malissa, Mallissa, Mel, Melesa, Melessa, Melicent, Melicia, Melisa, Melisande, Melise, Melisanda, Melisent, Melisha, Melisse, Melitta, Meliza, Mellicent, Mellie, Mellisa, Melly, Melosa, Milli, Millicent, Millie, Millisent, Millissent, Milly, Missie and Missy.

For more information, see also related names Lissa and Mischa.

Baby names that sound like Melissa are Mellicia and Malicia.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Melissa.

Popularity

Melissa is a very popular first name for women (#30 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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