Given Name MELISSA

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Μελισσα (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: mə-LIS-ə (English)   [details]

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.

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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), Melinda (Hungarian), Melisa (Spanish), Melis, Melisa (Turkish)
SAME SPELLING: Mélissa
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