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ScriptsΜελισσα Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.mə-LIS-ə English

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.
VariantsMelyssa English Melitta Ancient Greek
DiminutivesLissa, Malinda, Mel, Melina, Melinda, Mindy, Missie, Missy, Melantha English
Other Languages & CulturesMelisa Bosnian Mélissa French Melitta German Melika Hawaiian Melinda Hungarian Melisa Spanish Melis, Melisa Turkish
Same SpellingMélissa


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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute