Minnie, Minna, Mina and Mimi could be used for nicknames.
Very pretty, I like this name.
"Sweet Melinda, the peasants call her the goddess of gloom."From Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues by Bob Dylan"I can't stay much longer Melinda, the sun is getting high."From Cumberland Blues by the Grateful Dead.
I really like this name! Feminine and stable! Melinda has class and beauty!
I can't help but remember Melinda Gordon, the protagonist of Ghost Whisperer, a series that I grew up with over the years. I loved it. I have great affection for the name, although I admit that I have not heard it often. I don't understand it, because it's pretty. I prefer Melinda to Belinda, in my opinion.
In 2018, 40 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Melinda who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 408th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
Love both the names Melinda and Belinda, seems surprising no one has suggested Lindy as a nickname, as it sounds cute but still somewhat mature, though I prefer it as a nickname.
I was born in Nevada. When I was named Melinda, my mom was thinking of the Spanish "Me Linda" or "I'm pretty." I go by Mindy, but people have spelled it "Mendy", "Mindi", and "Myndi". In response to the the person who mentioned "Lindy," there was a Belinda in my high school who went by Lindy.
What I like about this name is the soft simplicity of it.
A fictional character bearing this name is nurse practitioner and midwife Melinda Sheridan of the "Virgin River" series of romance novels by Robyn Carr.
Melinda R. Katz is an American politician from New York City who is currently the Queens Borough President. Katz was a New York City Councilwoman from 2002 to 2009. She left politics in 2009 to work at Greenberg Traurig, a law firm where she specializes in government affairs and land use. In 2012, she announced her return to politics with a run for Queens Borough President in 2013. She had previously run for City Comptroller in 2009.
I never liked my name growing up but as I matured I guess I got used to it. My nickname was always Mendy. Most people I grew up with have no idea my name was actually Melinda. I have been called Melody, Melanie and Melissa. I don't know why some people find the name Melinda so hard to remember. I had one coworker that tried to tag me Mel. I shut that down quickly. No woman wants to be called a name that puts people in mind of a potbellied cook in a greasy spoon!
With 30 371 bearers, Melinda is the 40th most common feminine name in Hungary. (01/01/2016).
Also used in Hungary. Pronounced: ME-lin-daw. [noted -ed]
The name Melinda was given to 170 girls born in the US in 2015.
My name is Melinda. I never really liked the name as a child 'cause I was named after my aunties - Linda and Belinda. That made things real confusing and I got teased a lot by my immature cousins. Now I'm called Melly/ Mel at home. This name is beautiful and is not overused. There are several nicknames and I think it's very classy.
Melinda May is one of the main characters in Marvel's Agents of Shield.
Cute name but it's a little too long and the nickname Linda sounds unappealing. Unless it were spoken in Spanish, which means beautiful, sweetheart or gorgeous.
Together, I guess it would sound like "My love" if pronounced in Spanish.
The name Melinda was given to 171 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Though it's possible the use of Belinda in Italian literature is older, in England Melinda seems to be about as old as Belinda. For example, Aphra Behn's famous poem "The Coquette" is about a Melinda, and this was published around 1680, eight years earlier than the first English literary use of Belinda mentioned in the comments about Belinda on this site.
My name's Melinda. I love the name my Mum has chosen for me. I was born in 1984 and I only knew a couple of other Melinda's growing up, I love that it is not overly used. I like my name and am not offended if someone else doesn't :) Plenty of names out there I dislike myself!
There's a song called "The Face of Melinda" by Opeth. It's a rather sad love story, but a beautiful song still, and I wouldn't say a bad association.
An English compound name using either Melissa (sweet) or Melanie (black/dark) in combination with Linda (serpent) and therefore meaning (black/dark serpent) or (sweet serpent).
Melinda Goodwinter from the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun. She is a young doctor who ends up committing suicide.
I didn't used to like this name, but it's grown on me. I associate it with a young doctor with green eyes (probably because of Melinda Goodwinter from the Cat Who series). I hate the nickname Linda though.
Melinda Gordon is the lead character in the Ghost Whisperer.
Melinda Tentrees - One of Barbra Streisand's characters in "On A Clear Day". The present-day Daisy Gamble goes to a psychiatrist to quit her smoking habit. Under hypnosis, Melinda Tentrees appears. Melinda lived in the 1800's and Daisy is Melinda reincarnated. A very entertaining movie, with wonderful songs sung by Barbra S.
Melinda Loveless, a teenage killer responsible for the murder of Shanda Sharer.
Melinda is a very pretty name.
This has got to be one of the ugliest names I have ever heard, no offense.
I like neither the nickname Mel nor the name Linda, so the combination isn't going to sound good for me either. I just don't think it sounds all that pretty.
Melinda is a character in George Farquhar's play "The Recruiting Officer" (1706).
This is actually a cool name. It's pretty like the other MEL names, but isn't as popular as Melissa or Melody.
My name is Melinda, and for the most part I like it. However, for some reason it tends to get misspelled, like Malinda. And some people think it is long, so I get called Mel and Mel-Mel, especially on the volleyball court.
I love this name. I think it sounds really pretty and I have loved it since I first heard it (on Charmed). But I don't like any nicknames for it especially Linda (sorry if your name's Linda). I really hope it becomes popular again since it's on Ghost Whisperer (which I love by the way lol).
I love my name! :) Most of my friends and family call me Mellie now. But when I was younger it was Mindy. I've also been called Melynn, Mel, Lynn -- just about everything but Linda -- that's my mom!
I love it, and it sounds a bit like my own name (Matilda). The main character I my book (The Silver Triangel) is named Melinda. I think it's plain gorgeous.
Great. It's just so pretty, and combos like Melinda Sue, and Melinda Ruth are simply great. Use this name! Your child will thank you!
I love this name, as it is my name. The thing is, as the website says, it's a modern name, coined in the 18th Century. It hasn't caught on yet. But it will. I love it because it's so pretty. I think it's as pretty as Isabella or Amelia. It just needs to catch on. I get Mellie a lot. I think Mellie or Melly is a very cute nickname.
I love Melinda! It's very pretty, uncommon but not unheard of, and I adore the nickname Linda!
Melinda Doolittle from American idol. Fantastic singer and great personality.
Melinda is a lovely name, with such a sweet sound. 'Speak' does not immediately come to mind, but it is kind of tied to it.
Melinda is my name. A lot of people call me Melissa and it is annoying. But I love my name because not many people have it.
I love the name Melinda. It is such a pretty name.
Melinda appeared on the top 1000 list briefly during the 1880's and 1890's but was too popular. It came back into usage in the 1940's with its most popular year being the 1970's and dropped off the top 1000 list in the year 2000.
Melinda Warren was the Charmed One's (Prudence "Prue", Piper, Pheobe Halliwell and Paige Matthews) ancestor on the t.v. show Charmed!
I have an ancestor named Melinda, who was born in the early 1800s, so the name has been around for at least 200 years.
I love this name. I am surprised that it hasn't come back into popularity but on the flip side it is nice that it isn't overused. On the show Ghost Whisperer, the main character is Melinda Gordon played by Jennifer Love Hewitt.
I have a friend named Melinda, we call her Mel-Mel sometimes. This name is very pretty.
Famous bearer is Melinda Clark who plays Julie Cooper in 'the OC' and also Lady Heather in 'CSI'.
Melinda Sordino, the main character of 'Speak', is the first thing that comes to mind for me with the name Melinda. Kristen Stewart also portrayed Melinda Sordino in the movie Speak (2004).
I have a friend named Melinda, and her nickname is Lynny. I think Melinda is a beautiful name.
I think this name is such a fun name beacuse you can make so many nicknames from it. My name is Melinda and i get called so many nicknames Mel, Mindy, Melly, Minda, Melly Belly, Lindy, Linda, Minya (this one stuck because my little brother couldn't pronounce it properly).
I think it's a good name to use with the nickname Linda.

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