Scripts Μέλισσα(Ancient Greek)
Meaning & History
Means "bee" in Greek. In Greek mythology this was the name of a daughter of Procles, as well as an epithet of various Greek nymphs and priestesses. According to the early Christian writer Lactantius  this was the name of the sister of the nymph Amalthea, with whom she cared for the young Zeus. Later it appears in Ludovico Ariosto's 1516 poem Orlando Furioso  belonging to the fairy who helps Ruggiero escape from the witch Alcina. As an English given name, Melissa has been used since the 18th century.
Other Languages & CulturesMelisa(Bosnian) Mélissa(French) Melitta(German) Melika(Hawaiian) Melissza, Melinda(Hungarian) Melisa(Spanish) Melis, Melisa(Turkish)
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Sources & References
- Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, available from https://www.lgpn.ox.ac.uk/publications/.
- Page at https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Divine_Institutes/Part_I.
- Page at https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Orlando_Furioso/Canto_III.
Entry updated May 29, 2020