Melissa
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Given Name MELISSA
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Μελισσα (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: mə-LIS-ə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Means "bee" in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology. It is also the name of the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina in Ludovico Ariosto's poem 'Orlando Furioso' (1516). As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Melyssa (English), Melitta (Ancient Greek)
DIMINUTIVES: Lissa, Malinda, Mel, Melina, Melinda, Mindy, Missie, Missy, Melantha (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Melisa (Bosnian), Mélissa (French), Melitta (German), Melika (Hawaiian), Melisa (Spanish), Melis, Melisa (Turkish)
SAME SPELLING: Mélissa
Popularity
United States  ranked #256 
England and Wales  ranked #224 
Canada (BC)  - 
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France  ranked #129 
Italy  ranked #36 
Mexico  ranked #29 
Netherlands  ranked #387 
Northern Ireland  - 
Portugal  ranked #56 
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Sweden  ranked #70 
Switzerland  ranked #51