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I really like this name. I prefer Melania a little bit more, but Melanie has a lot of charm. I also like the nickname Mel, but I think Melanie as a full name sounds much better, Mel is a bit like a filler and too short for me to be used like all the time. It does have the watermelon associationn for me, and it was like my main association when I was a kid, I would always make fun of this name because it sounded so much like a melon, but I do like it a lot anyways now. My other association is the singer Melanie C. Whom I kinda liked as a small child. And my synaesthetic association - I am an auditory-tactile and auditory-taste synaesthete - is very cool, because it's ice cream. Anything cold and smooth and icy really and the sweet taste but ice cream feel the most like this name. When I think about this name I see a woman in her mid 30's maybe, with black, or dark brown, or chestnut hair, very thick and smooth hair and fairly long, and with dark, like maybe black, or dark brown, or hazel, or something like this, eyes. Her complexion is olive. She's medium-height and perhaps a little fluffy, but not really overweight and you wouldn't call her fat. She likes to wear make up and usually does, and is really good at it. She wants to always look pretty but even without her cosmetics she's a very attractive woman, and, albeit not frilly or overly delicate, she's very feminine and usually attracts a lot of positive attention. She knows how to dress smartly and elegantly, but comfortably and approachably at the same time. She likes high-heel shoes and dresses, and a lot of lively colours, but she also wears more laid back things, and more toned colours, and feels just as well this way. She is very active, energetic, optimistic, smiling and just an approachable person. I imagine her working at some important and pretty high position, and she is very professional, but also deeply humane and tuned in to help people if she can. She is a great comforter and listener, though she's not the one who will always just listen and commiserate quietly, she's very chatty and likes to talk about her own life too, and is rather the kind of person who will give you a piece of practical advice, rather than just sit there with you and be empathetic. Some might like it, some will regard it as meddling into others' business, but her intentions are always good. She is spontaneous and slightly impulsive, but when necessary, she can stay very calm. She likes to have fun, and knows how to do it. She likes good music and a party, she's always a young girl at heart, though sometimes that young girl becomes suppressed by all the responsibilities she has, and her perfectionism. Melanie is very caring for others, but very demanding for herself, always lives in a hurry. She has a strong personality, but is also very sensitive and emotional. I imagine her as a mum, with a couple of children, to whom she's very dedicated, she generally gets on well with children and is a great caretaker. She's very engaged in her children's life and they have a very important place in her heart. If not that she's a very rational and smart person, she'd probably be very overprotective and possessive of them. She has especially good relationships with her daughters. Everything bad that happens in her life, she just treats as a challenge and tries not to worry too much. Her enthusiasm and optimism are infectious. She's very independent, doesn't like to ask for help, and values her freedom above all else. She has a very loving and altruistic heart. Her views are rather liberal, she's very open-minded, likes change and novelty. That's just what I see when I think of this name, not how I think all Melanies are/should be like, I know only one Melanie and I suppose she could fit only maybe like half of this description.
mairinn  5/19/2019
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Miriam Bryant's (Swedish singer of British and Finnish descent) middle name is Melanie.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2019
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The standard Polish form of Melanie is Melania, although Melanie enjoys some attention from fresh parents as well. Last year (2018), there were 10 girls born in Poland who were given the name Melanie, so the name was on the 310th place in the girls ranking.
― Anonymous User  5/19/2019
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Melanie et Melania sont les mêmes, on peut dire que les Melanie sont des filles ou femmes rares parce qu'elles sont belles, inteligente, mignone, sociable, souriante.

[trans: Melanie and Melania are the same, It can be said that Melanie are girls or women rare because they are beautiful, intelligent, cute, sociable, smiling.]
― Anonymous User  12/29/2018
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It's nice enough.
kayisforkeen  11/1/2018
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In 2018, 38 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Melanie who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 255th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/16/2018
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A bit too natural and watery, obviously like melon, but still quite nice and pretty.
Hushpuppy  9/22/2018
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Melanie Griffith.
― Anonymous User  7/21/2018
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I'm a Melanie. It is my "English" or "Christian" name as where I am from - a law [in 1860, "An ACT to Regulate Names"] by our reigning monarch required parents to give their child a christian 1st name and a family surname. Previously, a person had only one name. The law was repealed in 1967, but the practice has since been ingrained in our culture. However, it is more accepted today to skip the "English" or Christian first names altogether - and stick to using native names for 1st and middle.

In my culture, both Melanie and MaryAnn are "anglicized" forms of "Meleana" - you could say a literal translation is "to sing again." Similarly - one could say that the Hawaiian-ized version of Melanie or MaryAnn is Meleana.

My father's maternal-grandmother's name was Meleana. So, I like to think that I was named after her - though it be the "anglo" version. And, my middle name is the actual name of my father's paternal-grandmother. So, I am named after two great-grandmothers on my father's side.

Astrologically speaking, the MOON is referred to as "the Queen of the Night" - as the Moon is the light that rules by night, while the sun is the light that rules by Day.

Someone [below] referred to Demeter [the earth goddess, Ceres] as the "Queen of the Night" and Aphrodite [Venus] as the "Lady of the Night." Both of whom seem to be associated with the name Melanie [Melania -Demeter; and, Melaina -Aphrodite].

I find this interesting - because my natal chart has a Last Quarter Moon in RULERSHIP in Cancer - the Night Queen in all her glory, though it be "fast waning." And, Melanie is associated with the night, black or darkness. I also happen to be born in the FALL - when the light of the SUN is waning. So, at my birth, both LIGHTS were waning, growing dimmer. Still, it is the light of my great-grandmothers' MOON, who actually reign in my life as SUN is peregrine though it be ruler of my ascendant in LEO.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2018
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My name is Melanie. No one knows how to pronounce it, let alone spell it correctly. I never liked it, detested Mel. The only other Melanie's have been fair skinned wimpy girls. I am not, so in that way it fits. I have always thought I should have been named Scarlett.
Melabyrd  6/13/2018
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"Melano" is Georgian form of the name. It's quite rare. (მელანო - Georgian spelling). [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  8/30/2017
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Melanie "Melli" Müller is a German television personality, model and former pornographic actress.
lilolaf  7/14/2017
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I am a Melanie, my mother loved French names, and my father also liked an M name. My parents were Catholic, and there was a statue of St. Melanie at their church, I was born in the 1980's so my mother also loved Melanie Safka the folk singer. I have grown to love my name, feminine yet strong. I am not dark skinned, but I do love the chic, sophisticated style of black suits, dresses, bags and coats. Also, the only people who have ever called me Mel are members of my immediate family, I introduce myself as Melanie, my teachers always called me Melanie, and I only introduce myself as Melanie. If someone tries to "Mel" me, I make sure to sign all communication with my full proper name, or I don't respond when being called. I will always say, "I thought you meant somebody else." People catch on quick. This is a name for a strong girl/person, professional, with a very gentle/kind undertone. Guys in college always said it was a sexy name, but I wouldn't rely on that data. Hope this helps.
MBAMelanie  5/24/2017
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Melanie Ann Amaro is a Virgin Islander-American recording artist who won the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011, securing a $5 million recording contract with Syco Music and Epic Records. Amaro was also the youngest contestant to win the competition during the show's run.
cutenose  5/4/2017
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Melanie Adele Martinez is an American singer, songwriter, music video director, and photographer. Born in Astoria, Queens and raised in Baldwin, New York on Long Island, she first participated in the MSG Varsity Talent Show during her junior year of high school, and subsequently rose to prominence in 2012 after appearing on the American television vocal talent show The Voice. She auditioned singing Britney Spears's "Toxic", and made it to the Top 6 before being eliminated in the fifth week of live shows. Immediately following her departure from the show, she began independent work on original material. Having been a fan favorite, she was heavily supported by fans, and produced her first music video for her single, "Dollhouse", her most successful single to date, having been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Signing to Atlantic Records soon after, she released her debut EP, Dollhouse.
cutenose  5/1/2017
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I love this name. Primarily because I know a girl at my school named Melanie (she's a Latina by the way), and it sounds aesthetically pretty. I also like it because of American singer Melanie Martinez.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2017
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Melanie Lynskey is a New Zealand-born actress, best known as Pauline Parker, the young murderess, in the movie Heavenly Creatures and as Rose in Two and a Half Men.
Kosta  3/10/2017
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Melanie Münch, better known by the stage name Mell, is a German singer, best known for being the lead singer of dance group Groove Coverage.
lilolaf  2/20/2017
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Melanie Behringer is a German footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich. Behringer started her career at SpVgg Utzenfeld and FC Hausen. In 2003, she joined SC Freiburg. She made her Bundesliga debut for Freiburg and played at the club for five seasons. For the 2008–09 season, Behringer transferred to FC Bayern Munich and finished second in the Bundesliga table in her first year in Munich. After two seasons, Behringer joined league rivals 1. FFC Frankfurt in 2010. She won the 2011 German Cup with Frankfurt, defeating 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in the final. On 31 March 2016, Behringer extended her contract until 2019. She was part of the squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where Germany won the gold medal. She retired from international football on 23 August 2016.
cutenose  2/19/2017
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Melanie Janine Brown, better known as Mel B, Melanie B is an English singer, songwriter, presenter, television personality, dancer, actress, author, and model. Brown rose to fame as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, in which she became known as Scary Spice. Brown is also known for supporting girl power and earlier global tours, which grossed an estimated $500–800 million between 1996 and 2000.
cutenose  1/28/2017
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There is an amazing, beautiful, and unique singer named Melanie Martinez. I suggest you listen to her music because it is fantastic. It is explicit so if you are young ask your parents.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2016
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Derives from Ancient Greek: ΜΕΛΑΣ (m), ΜΑΛΑΙΝΑ (f). Meaning in Greek: black, dark.
The name of US's first lady, President Trump's wife.
georgev1112  11/11/2016
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Donald Trump's wife is named Melania, not Melanie.
ERK  11/25/2016
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It's a fine enough name, though I prefer the similar sounding name of Melody.
TrinHarris  11/1/2016
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Melanie Hamrick, girlfriend of Mick Jagger and mother of his 8th child.
Eileen1209864  10/3/2016
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I used to love this name when I was little, but I think I was majorly turned off when Melanie Martinez started becoming popular.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2016
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This is my name. I used to not appreciate it very much. I didn't like being called Mel, and everyone calls me Mel. However, as I grew into my mid 20's it started growing on me. The more and more I thought about it, I realized it sounded pretty and strong. Even Mel sounds very strong, like I command presence when people call me that. So for any Melanies that don't like their name, give it a chance, it may grow on you!
tidepooldream  9/28/2016
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Melanie Martinez, a young girl on "Team Adam" in The Voice and a soloist, also bears this name!
― Anonymous User  9/9/2016
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My name is Melanie, and I like my name. I'm a very caring person and I love helping people. I'm in college right now studying Behavioral Science and Psychology. I'm not really girly. I'm mostly a tomboy because I have 3 brothers and no sisters. I don't dress like a boy though lol, I wear casual girl clothes, jeans and a blouse. But anyways, I always wondered what my name meant and now that I know, I think it's pretty nice. It definitely fits my personality. I'm trustworthy, loyal, understanding, a goofball but can be serious at times. I would totally recommend the name Melanie.
Menellie  6/12/2016
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I think it's very boring, to be honest. I don't hate it, but I don't see the appeal, either.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
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A name doesn't define a person. Just because a name makes it seem like someone should act one way doesn't mean they will. Melanie is a bit girly, but that doesn't mean the owner of the name is going to be girly. To all you people getting this image in your head of what they look and act like are just plain stupid. Stop trying to fit people in a little box and just let them be them.
NightWriter32  5/2/2016
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It sounds very 'wet-lettacey' (my way of saying wimpy, or weak) no offense to anyone called Melanie, this is just my opinion.
Rosalba  7/12/2015
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I really dislike this name. I've had a friend named Melanie since I was a little kid, and she's a very sweet girl, but I've always found her annoying and ugly... no offense to any Melanie's out there, just my opinion. -_-
― Anonymous User  6/16/2015
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I named my baby girl Melanie Lynne. I think it's a good name for a little kid that would also age well. I like that it's familiar but not overused. Makes me think of a sunny, sweet girl. I love the nickname Lanie as well :)
Echoess  4/14/2015
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I one hundred percent disagree with you people that hate this name. This name sounds like a hard, smart and funny girl. Although it means dark, I can't help but imagine an eight or nine year old eating a piece of watermelon!
Antonio432  3/20/2015
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I absolutely DETEST this name!
It sounds soppy, wet at 100% Sissy!
Melanie is up with the other names I hate:
Melissa, Janet, Joan, Lily, Martine/a and Laura.

Very sorry to people who are named any of them, it is just my opinion.
Rosalba  12/14/2014
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@Rosalba I 100% agree (though I like Joan). Glad to know I'm not the only one who hates this name. It's just too frilly.
Ali Hassan  12/19/2014
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The name Melanie is stunning and elegant! I just ADORE the sound of this name! It's so darling! Xx ^_^ A good name for a sibling of Melanie is the cute, girly name Melody. :D.
― Anonymous User  12/5/2014
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This name is just SO cute and beautiful! It's a little common but I don't care. I just really like this name.
BuyBeerOrPayTheRent  10/6/2014
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Although Mel or Mellie are common nicknames for Melanie, I was always nicknamed Lanie pronounced LAY-NIE.
Mcallahan  10/3/2014
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Melanie Martinez, an American singer and songwriter.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2014
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I love this name! The only misgiving I have with it is that it could easily lead to mocking nicknames - "Smelly Melly" or "SMELL-anie."
Meadow  3/2/2014
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My friend is Melanie. I was told by a Greek man that it means "Queen of the night". A bit more of a romantic interpretation but basically the same idea... of the night/dark.
MaxineXXX  1/27/2014
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This name reminds me of summer and happy girls, I really like it.
Skylar_Arianna  5/22/2013
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Melanie is my name. I like it because its solid and not too popular. Better than Melissa I feel.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2013
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Melanie is a very good name choice. You can't go wrong with it. It isn't overly popular which is good, but it isn't unheard of either.10 out of 10 from me!
Liv07  11/17/2012
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I like the name Melanie because of its meaning (dark/black) and the delicate but melodious way it rolls off the tongue. I would like to add it to my list but I feel like it's too common a name. :s
MerraDelp  7/23/2012
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I love this name, I think it looks and sounds beautiful.
As I was reading through the comments I thought, 'That's funny if I ever have a baby girl I would call her Melanie Rose!' and, 'Yes I agree that mel isn't the most amazing nickname, and you couldn't shorten it to nie, but if it really bothered you, you could always shorten it to Annie.'
PhoebeMelie  4/9/2012
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This is my name and I've never liked it. First of all, it seems as though most people don't consider the meaning of the name when choosing it for their child. The name means "dark"... why is it that any Melanie's I meet are bubbly blondes? And secondly, I LOATHE the nickname "Mel". It's a boy's name and instead of rolling off the tongue (as a name should-in my opinion) it just kinda comes out the mouth and falls flat.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
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What an awesome name! It is a very strong, solid professional name for a girl.
This name makes me think of a sly, tall gorgeous intelligent brunette girl! It is mature yet modern, it is like the new Catherine! :D
― Anonymous User  12/2/2011
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Melanie was the name of Sam's twin sister from iCarly. Though Melanie was only in one episode (iTwins) she was mentioned twice in two other episodes.
lakin5  11/11/2011
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Melanie Safka (usually professionally known as Melanie) is a singer/songwriter/musician. Some of her most famous works are "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" and "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma." She was very popular during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She is also an official UNICEF ambassador.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2010
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So pretty =D
Chrila96  8/13/2010
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This name also has roots in Greek Mythology. "Melania" was another name for Demeter, the goddess of the earth. She had a beautiful daughter, Persephone, who had to spend four months of the year with her kidnapping husband, Hades, which gave rise to the seasons (Demeter’s sadness withers the earth while her daughter is taken away to the underworld and her happiness returns in the spring). For this, “dark beauty” is another meaning applied to this beautiful name.
blueMnM415  2/21/2010
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I've known many Melanies in my life and while I liked most of them, I can't help but associate this name with Melanie's Mall. It sounds like a name for a snobby, stuck up girl.
slyboots  11/15/2009
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Beautiful! A delicate name, yet so strong at the same time! Love it! (:
― Anonymous User  6/27/2009
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When I hear this name I picture the most beautiful girl in the room. Melanies are usually very pretty.
gigilin23  5/31/2009
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This name makes me think of a girl who is serious and generous with inner strength. It's a very good name in my opinion. It also helps I've only ever met one person names Melanie.
britto08  3/21/2009
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Melanie Stryder is one of the main characters in The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
amethyst_pianist17  9/27/2008
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There's only one word that comes to mind when I hear this name: BEAUTIFUL.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2008
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One of the cutest girl names EVER! LOVE IT!
wildm330  8/27/2008
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I love this name! It is really pretty. This name makes me think of a lovely girl with dark hair blowing in the wind. I also really liked Melanie from Gone with the Wind.
bananarama  8/17/2008
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In Angela Carter's dark and bizarre novel, The Magic Toyshop, the main character, Melanie, comes to terms with her own sexuality.
Veronica_Mignon  8/17/2008
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I personally prefer the sound of meh-LAHN-ie to mel-AH-nie. The second is a bit childish, while the first can be youthful, but it can also be older.
themoongirl  7/2/2008
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Name Day celebrated 30th of June in Czechia.
MaggieSimpson  5/7/2008
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Czech pronunciation is "ME-lah-ni:ye".
Karcoolka  4/25/2008
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I quite like the name Melanie, it's pretty. My mother was called Melanie Christina, and she hated it, and would ignore anyone who called her Melanie, so everyone called her Tina. I wouldn't name any of my children Melanie though, as a middle name, due to the fact that my mother hated it, I'd use Christina or Tina as the middle name.
SuicuneGem  3/9/2008
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Reese Witherspoon starred as Melonie Carmichael in the movie "Sweet Home Alabama".
Patricia Underwood  2/3/2008
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Melanie "Mel" Bush, one of the Doctor's companions on "Doctor Who".
FMRadio  12/29/2007
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Weird Al has a song called Melanie.
merchmelly  12/4/2007
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Melanie is also the Czech form. Name Day: 30th June.
Karcoolka  7/24/2007
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Melanie Wills, the vocalist of One True Thing. She also did vocals on a few of the songs by From Autumn to Ashes, "Autumn's Monoluge" being one of them.
xKatiex  6/26/2007
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I love the name Melanie because of the Gone With The Wind Character, and also a really cool friend of mine. I am struck by the irony of the fact that as I type this I'm watching the scene in The Outsiders movie where Ponyboy reads from the book.
YMPvt  3/11/2007
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According to a Greek woman I used to know, "Melanie" means "honey," not "dark" or "black" as everyone seems to think. I trust what this woman told me, because she spoke fluent Greek (and was Greek).
― Anonymous User  1/9/2007
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One of the children in My Parents are Aliens (or what the series is called in English) is named Melanie, but just wants to be called Mel.

Mel C and Mel B. Ah nostalgia.
honungspinglan  1/7/2007
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In terms of Melanie nicknames, Mel has gotten a bit too prevalent. I'm in favor of bringing back Melly, a la Melanie Hamilton Wilkes.
Marauder  11/9/2006
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Melanie is an awesome name for a girl, I love it.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2006
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Melanie came onto the top 1000 list during the 1940's and rated the highest during the 1970's and 1980's and still remains on the top 1000 list, just not as high anymore.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2006
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Melanie here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  9/3/2006
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Such a lovely name, I just love it!
LittleLilly  8/16/2006
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I believe that the name Melanie isn't limited to black or dark, but rather black or dark skinned. The beginning of the name 'Melan' comes from the word melanin meaning: a substance that gives the skin its color (also called pigment).
Other themes related to black or dark, would seem to make sense. I suppose it would depend on the culture of the person that had the name.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2006
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I have always liked the sound of this name. It is feminine but not weak. It is pretty. Not overly used or fadish either.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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This name is very beautiful. It's very gentle and laid-back, in my opinion.
websurfer  3/31/2006
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This name is often used in Germany. I'm actually from Germany and I remember a few kids when I was younger called Melanie there. Melanie is often shortend to Mel (Mel.B, Mel.C) and people call me Melli a lot for short. I've read another meaning for Melanie somewhere else: 'Lady Of The Night'. I like the meaning of this name.
mellimoon  2/23/2006
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Melanie (from All Saints).
There was a singer in the 70's (or 80's) called Melanie and that is who my mother named me after. Melanie Safka, another singer. Melanie Griffith, another celeb.
mellimoon  2/23/2006
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This is the name of Ariel's daugter from Walt Disney's Little Mermaid 2.
Lakota_so_italian  1/24/2006
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Actually Ariel and Eric's daughter was named Melody, not Melanie. Although Melody did have her father's black hair.
Randee15  1/26/2006
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Two members of the Spice Girls were named Melanie - Melanie B and Melanie C.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
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My name is actually Melanie. My mother actually named me for Scarlett's "friend" Melanie (Melanie was really Scarlett's cousin I think) and I am from the south (North Carolina to be exact). How's that for irony? But as far as the name references to other people in history, my middle name is Renee, which usually means born again. Go figure.
melmel79  10/4/2005
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Melanie was not Scarlett's cousin. Melanie was Ashley's cousin. Unlike the Scarlet spelling above, Miss O'Hara's name was spelled with two Ts. She was not named after the color but a family name.

I like to think that Margaret Mitchell chose the name Melanie for that character because of the significance of the meaning "black, dark." Her character was meant to be symbolic of the gentlest aspects of the Old South (Scarlett of the fiercer, more passionate sides) and since those were the aspects that died with the war, the character of Melanie died trying to have a child. In other words, she died trying to make part of the Old South live on. The meaning of "black, dark" can be symbolic of all of this - death, mourning, etc.

Melanie is my mother's name. She is not named after the character of Melanie Hamilton Wilkes but I like to think that she is. She is like the character of Melanie in many ways. The character's nickname was Melly. My mother's nickname is spelled Mellie because my grandmother grew up in a community where "ie" spellings were just more popular in general.
Gwenllian  2/8/2006
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In Gone with the Wind, although Scarlett and Melanie were not cousins, they were sisters in law, as Scarlett's first husband was Melanie's brother and Scarlett had a child with him.
ollyar  11/10/2011
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Actually, Melanie didn't die from giving birth to a child, she died much later from being frail and sickly all the time. I am not trying to be rude but I just wanted to point that out :)
Ryry1996  6/13/2011
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Based on the Latin name "Melania" and brought to Britain in the Middle Ages. Melanie's composure goes with a lively sense of fun.
HoneyBee_xx  9/8/2005
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Melanie is also commonly used in Germany.
Enomis  6/24/2005
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Melanie is the name of Scarlett's friend and Ashley Wilkes' wife in "Gone With the Wind." It is classic, sweet, pretty and has a Southern belle quality to it.
tmarie  6/17/2005
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Two famous bearers of this name are American actress Melanie Griffith and Austrian psychoanalyst Melanie Klein.
alberto  6/7/2005
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'Melaina' is one of Aphrodite's names, under which name she was venerated in nocturnal rituals. 'Mela-', then, refers to the night.
stefandetrez  4/26/2005

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