I found out about this name from one of my favorite books, Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke. I think it's a beautiful name; Mel or Sandy work as nicknames.
EsmeO  9/30/2020
I love this name! Such a good alternative to Melissa and Millicent.
Azelie  5/15/2020
My name is actually Méliande and I am not joking. I did not even think it would be on this site because it is a very rare name! But I love my name, and yes my nickname is Mel!
MelisandeB  3/4/2019
It's better than Millicent, for sure, but I don't like it either.
kayisforkeen  9/29/2018
There's the painting Mélisande by Marianne Stokes, which depicts the character of the play Pelléas et Mélisande.
una_tal_ia  6/12/2014
Very rare in france.
luxsword  4/28/2014
Melisandre (with the 'r') is a character in George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
ophelia_song  5/18/2012
MUCH prettier than Millicent!
Chrila96  11/18/2010
I used to dislike this name because it sounded pretentious. But I recently started to like Millicent and Melisande has been growing on me ever since.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2010
Melisende of Jerusalem (1105 – September 11, 1161) was Queen of Jerusalem from 1131 to 1152, and regent for her son between 1153-1161 while he was on campaign. She was the eldest daughter of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, and the Armenian princess Morphia of Melitene. She was named after her paternal grandmother, Melisende of Montlhery, wife of Hugh I, Count of Rethel. She had three younger sisters: Alice, princess of Antioch; Hodierna, countess of Tripoli; and Ioveta, abbess of St. Lazarus in Bethany. Hodierna's daughter, Melisende of Tripoli, was named in honor of the queen.
writers_block2006  7/20/2009
I like both Melisande and Millicent, the English version, although I must say Melisande sounds much more pleasant than Millicent. Lovely name. :)
walesgal92  6/27/2009
I agree with everyone who says this name fits a princess.

I was just browsing the French Names section of this site when I found this name. It's a typical misconception (particularly here in America) that most French girls have names like Marie, Anne, Christine, Julie, Elodie. Pretty basic. However, after coming across names like Dieudonee (sorry I don't have accents), Donatienne, Ghislaine, Gwenaelle, the exotic Magali, and the ever-beautiful Melisande. I'm blown away by the relatively untapped beauty of naming. (Well, untapped over here!)
― Anonymous User  11/24/2008
Melisande Longfield was a character in the Enid Blyton 'Mistletoe Farm' series. She was initially a stuck-up town cousin, but adapted to farm life. The others teased her with the name 'Smellisande'.

Melisande looks stunning on paper, but I can never seem to pronounce it - or at least pronounce it the same way each time! "Mellisand" "Mellisahnd" "Mayleezahnd". Yikes, perhaps best left as a middle name, unless you like the nickname Mel!
aquamarina  8/30/2008
It's pronounced may-lee-SAH(n)D in French.
ponine  8/23/2008
I think it's pronounced Meh le sand.
― Anonymous User  5/16/2008
A Fairy-Tale-Princess name if there ever was one.
elizabeth hamlet  4/13/2008
I have also seen this spelt both Melisende and Mélisande.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2007
I find this name too much of a mouthful. Millicent is pretty too but again, a real mouthful.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2006
I like Millicent, although Melisande is a much prettier version. Why isn't Melissanthe on this site? I think it is the loveliest of all.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2006
Beautiful and rare!
tmarie  12/16/2005
From the Greek name Melissanthe (Melissanthee in Greek), from the Greek words melissa (honey bee) and anthos (flower).
Damis  3/1/2005
The name of the beautiful villain in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy trilogy.
lotusindigo  1/2/2005

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