GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: MIL-ə-sənt  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Amalasuintha, composed of the elements amal "work, labour" and swinth "strong". Amalasuintha was a 6th-century queen of the Ostrogoths. The Normans introduced this name to England in the form Melisent or Melisende. Melisende was a 12th-century queen of Jerusalem, the daughter of Baldwin II.
VARIANT: Melicent
DIMINUTIVES: Millie, Milly
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Amalasuintha (Ancient Germanic), Mélisande (French), Melisende (Medieval French)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014