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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.mə-LIN-də English
ME-leen-daw Hungarian
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Meaning & History

Combination of Mel (from names such as MELANIE or MELISSA) with the popular name suffix inda. It was created in the 18th century, and may have been inspired by the similar name Belinda. In Hungary, the name was popularized by the 1819 play 'Bánk Bán' by József Katona.
VariantsLissa, Malinda, Mel, Melina, Missie, Missy, Melantha English
DiminutiveMindy English
Other Languages & CulturesMelissa, Melitta Ancient Greek Melisa Bosnian Melánie Czech Melanie, Melissa Dutch Mélanie, Mélissa French Melano Georgian Melanie, Melitta German Melaina, Melissa Greek Mythology Melika Hawaiian Melania Italian Melania Late Roman Melanija Latvian Melanija Lithuanian Melanija Macedonian Melania Polish Melanija Serbian Melánia Slovak Melanija Slovene Melania, Melisa Spanish Melis, Melisa Turkish
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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute