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I feel like I shouldn't like this name as much as I do. I'm Polish, and in Polish the word Melina has a definitely negative association. It is a colloquial term for a place where people from the so called margins of the society meet to drink alcohol and do drugs, or it could be used to mean any kind of filthy, neglected and ugly house. No wonder then that despite Melina looks like it could be very easily adapted to Polish, it's not listed in any popularity rankings and not used here.
When I first came across this name I was all like "What?! What a freaky name!". But getting used to things makes a huge difference. Now the name Melina doesn't make such an impression on me. While for sure I would not use it on a child for the above mentioned reason, nowadays I think it looks really nice and sounds very sweet, as a name, in a different language. It's very graceful and feminine and I think it ages well, is dynamic and energetic, and very girly and subtle. I have auditory-taste synaesthesia and Melina tastes kind of like a sponge cake with a slight orange-y feel.
When I imagine a person called Melina, I can imagine her any age but the first thing I see is a small girl about the age of 6. Her hair is the colour of honey, her eyes dark blue, and she has a small, round face with rosy cheeks. She is rather finely built and has a lot of charm and agility. She is also very charming when it comes to her personality. She's sweet and may even appear angelic. She shows signs of having a lot of empathy since an early age, and likes to share with people and make them happy. She can be very chatty and outgoing with people she trusts and with her loved ones, though may at the same time be very shy around strangers, as well as prone to worry and irrational fears.
This is just how I imagine a person called Melina, not how I think all Melinas are or should be like, I don't even know anyone with this name actually.
mairinn  11/6/2019
Melina is a Greek speech synthesiser developed by Nuance.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2019
Melina Borglowe is a Swedish singer.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2019
Also Occitan: (Source: Institut d'études occitanes.)
Frollein Gladys  6/24/2019
My name is Melina and I like it a lot, I believe it's a pretty name without even knowing the meaning behind it. Well sometimes people get mixed up with "Melanie".
― Anonymous User  3/19/2019
My name's Melina and its from Carmela/Carmelina, my grandmother. Sometimes I'm called Mel but the name is short enough to be said as a whole. It means honey in Greek, "is sweet as honey".
― Anonymous User  12/13/2018
So pretty.
kayisforkeen  9/22/2018
Melina - God’s Gift. Soft in nature.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2018
Used in Sweden and Netherlands.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  2/18/2017
The name Melina ranked 36th place in Germany in the year of 2016. In 2015, 2014 and 2013, Melina ranked 35th place. (Source:
cutenose  1/20/2017
MELANO is Georgian version of this name, really cute.
annemarie98  9/11/2015
My name is Melina and I believe this name is very pretty. Melina means beautiful and warm-hearted. Just say Melina, it sounds amazing! I love my name. Everyone should be named Melina (except for boys).
Melinanicolee  12/31/2014
I work as a nurse, and the image I get when I hear 'Melina' is the medical definition of the same (differently spelt) name:
The passage of black, tarry stools composed largely of blood that has been acted on by gastric juices, indicative of bleeding in the upper digestive tract.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2014
While Melina is quite rare in Finland, it was added to name calendar in 2010. Melina's name day is May 5th.
Yippal  5/2/2011
Melina Nava Pérez is a popular Mexican-American professional wrestler, employed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
― Anonymous User  6/19/2010
I think it's a great name. It's sophisticated and mature without being cold. And it seems to capture all sort of elements to a person's personality, from fun to serious to intelligent to sexy to angry to girly.
tiarnantman  6/19/2010
Melina is the name of Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger)'s primary love interest in the sci-fi action movie "Total Recall" (1990).
erb816  10/24/2009
This name means "sweet honey" in Latin. :)
walesgal92  4/25/2009
Melina Kanakaredes (actress).
belladonna  3/9/2009
Melina is derived from the diminuative of Carmela being Carmelina and to which the prefix maybe eventually removed to make Melina.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2008
I don't see how anyone could name their child Melina. It sounds exactly the same as (and is just one letter away from) "melena" which is the medical term for black, tarry, foul-smelling feces.
LakeGirl  5/23/2008
I love this name, more than I love Melinda. It's just so elegant, and not over the top. I might name my daughter it, if I ever have one.
DoffeT  9/8/2007
Melina is my name. I don't really like it, but I can bear it. It's a unique name. I've only met one person with the same name, but her's is in different spelling. (Mine is Melina, her's was Mileena.) My parents named me after a Hispanic friend of theirs. They didn't know what it meant, but I read elsewhere that it meant honey.
― Anonymous User  6/17/2007
It has a sultry sound to me--flavorful and attractive without being brash or extravagant.
SerenitySong  3/17/2007
I think of Melina as too close to Melinda even though they're completely different. I don't like it though because, to me, it just doesn't role off the tongue nicely.
― Anonymous User  2/20/2007
This is almost a perfect name (and I'm very hard to please - when I say almost perfect, it means perfect). It's soft and feminine, so beautiful and makes me think a pretty, happy girl or woman. I think this name fits both little girls and old women. So wonderful name. If I ever have daughters, I'd probably name them Melina and Leah.
Yippal  1/8/2007
Gorgeous name, very elegant.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2006
This name appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1980's and is still on it, just not too popular.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2006
This is a very pretty name and a nice alternative to the overused Melissa. Mel and Lina and be used as nicknames.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2006
Melina Kanakaredes is a famous Greek actress who starred in the TV series 'Providence' and is now on CSI: New York.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2006
Melina is a very beautiful name for a girl. Not a fad name either which is nice.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2006
My name! It seems like there wouldn't be many nicknames for it, but you'd be surprised. I, for instance, am called Lina, Mina, Mo, and Melenard.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2006
I've been told that it means 'canary-yellow colored', but 'honey' is a more accurate translation.
lena92  7/15/2005
Melina Mercouri, a Greek filmstar, goddess and legend is one of my idols. She achieved so much and fought bravely for her rights as a Greek. I also find her name very beautiful. She gives honour to the name, I think.
Aintsu  1/1/2005

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