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Hi, another Melissa here. But it's my middle name. My whole family goes by our middle names. Our first name is after someone special and the middle name is ours. I was named after my Grandfather, Courtney. So I'm Courtney Melissa. I HATED Courtney growing up (Unfortunately my grandfather died before I was born, I probably wouldn't have disliked it so much then. But to me it was a boys name. Ironically, my brother married a Courtney lol) I was born in 1968 just as the name was gaining a lot of popularity so there were always other Melissa's in my classes. My dad actually picked the name Melissa since my mom picked my first name. Apparently my mom would have named me Brooke (which I don't like for me). I asked him why Melissa and he didn't know, he just liked it. I have 2 older brothers so he wanted something feminine. I got the nickname Missy early and it stuck. I use Melissa professionally but all my friends and family call me Missy. I like it all now, my complete name (I think it's very melodic and super unusual without being strange. Just not a combo that you see). I like Missy, but PLEASE don't call me Mel! To me, Mel is a fat guy who owns a diner (Think the old sitcom Alice! Eww). My mom called me Liss at times, but really no other nicknames. It's funny that I have such a strong reaction against boy names since I grew up on a farm and was a complete tomboy! I really like the association with Honeybees and Greek. I'm not Greek but I have a skin tone that makes people ask if I am. I have dark brown hair and nearly black eyes, so that probably lends to it as well. I wish it was still a more popular name than it is now, I'd hate for it to be a forgotten name, I think it's really pretty. It'll probably come back when all of the other names ending in -a get worn out! (Ella, Olivia, Sophia, Emma, Gabriella, on and on haha) Seeing that, I'm surprised it hasn't made a comeback yet... fingers crossed it will.
For those that think this name sounds weak, I think it's what you make of yourself. I'm a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, and I was a Military Police officer for 17 years before I went to Law School and became a JAG officer for the past 15 years. I would doubt any of my captains would say that I'm soft or weak haha... But I am nice. Even if I have to throw you in jail or prosecute you, I'm nice about it! My saying is, Say what you mean, but don't say it mean.
I think it's so beautiful and elegant in my opinion. I love it. ❤️❤️.
Melissa Marie Benoist is an American actress who played the character of Katherine Russell in the movie Patriot’s Day.
It's beautiful. I prefer this because it's so gorgeous. I like it. ❤️❤️.
I'm a Melissa named in a time when it was not very popular. My mom picked it and tho she made it my middle name, I was called Melissa from the get go. (That made my life a constant bother explaining why I'm called by my middle name and it made filling out forms a nightmare!) I've always thought it was a pretty name and I was happy to have an unusual name for my generation but I didn't/don't feel it is a good name for me personally. I also don't think it is a name that ages well. I've been called Mel, Mo-Lissa, Lissa, M'liss, Sa-Sa, Mel, Lizard, Mo, Miss Lissa, Mel-icious and of course mistakenly, Michelle, Alyssa etc. I don't know why, but I've always thought I would like having the name Louisa which is why I think I prefer Lissa or M'liss. I always despised the nickname Missy for myself but oddly enough, Missy is what I call my daughter whose name is not Melissa. I use Missy as a term of address or affection for a girl like calling a boy Buddy or anyone else Honey. I like that Melissa means honeybee because I'm attracted to all things bee: bees, bee skeps, bee keeping, honeycomb/hexagons, beeswax, and honey pots. I hate the taste of honey tho. I have no preconceived idea of what a person named Melissa is like i.e. nice, mean, pretty, etc. I do think it has a youthful feeling to it. When I think of naming a child, I think what it would sound like for the person with that name being addressed by the caretakers in a senior living facility. Example: "Good morning Melissa! Happy 90th birthday! It's time to put on your compression socks." I also imagine what it would sound like for your child to be in a stroller and be called a name that sounds very old. Example: Person you meet at the park: "What a beautiful baby! What's her name?" You: "Melissa". Them: "Hello Baabbyy!"
Melissa Ivy Rauch is an American actress, model and comedienne. She is known for playing Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
A very nice and sweet name this is my aid's name and she's awesome we get along so well.
My name is Melissa, I often go by Missy and I’ve never loved or hated my name. I have two sisters, Melanie and Michelle and I often get called by their names. I can’t use Mel as a nickname since my sister Melanie uses that one. I have been called Pissy Missy by cousins and do hate that one. My name was particularly common in the 80s which is when I was born so I liked it much less during my school years since there were always several of us with the same name. I do wish it had a better meaning to it than honeybee but overall I’m satisfied with this name.
It's really pretty. I like it a lot. A similar name that I also like is Alyssa.
Seems kind of sickly, reminds me too much of honey from bees. Same as Amber, when you think of syrup coming from sap.
Also used in Spanish. There are 2.999 bearers of this name in Spain (source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística).
I don't like it. There isn't any reason; it's just too boring and common in my area. But, this name isn't UGLY, don't get me wrong. There are far worse names out there like Lee, Adolf, etc.
Melissa is ok, but I like Missy as a nickname.
Good name. I like it! Feminine, has class, it feels really easy and mature at the same time. Melissa is a great name!
Interesting fact is that the meaning “honeybee” from the name Melissa is associated with the abundance of nectar that is produced in the Melissa plant : A perennial herb native to Europe and Asia.
This name is very elegant. I love it.
Horrible name, I've never met a nice Melissa.
My friend's pronunciation is= ma, lik. Is. an, ah.
My name is Melissa and most of my friends call me Meli or Mel. I'm not the kind of person you want to mess with or mess with my family.
Melissa Helser.
I love the name but it only fits a 20-40 year old in my opinion.
Beautiful name. Truly a great meaning and a good sound. The Allman Brothers' song Melissa is my favorite by them. So I like it a lot.
My name is Melissa and personally I've never really liked it. People always tell me it sounds so old and I agree with them. It's too much of a dated name, I hate it.
I love the name Melissa, it sounds so sweet :).
Melissa Reese - American musician, current member of Guns N’ Roses.
Beautiful name. It doesn’t sound dated to me. It makes me think of a fairy tale princess.
This is a very pretty name.
I like this name much more now! Melissa sounds very soft and pretty and I love the meaning! It sort of makes me think of girls from the 90s though, although I'm aware it was more popular in the 70s and 80s. For nicknames, I like Mel and Melly, but I despise Missy.
I love this name, it sounds so soft. This is also the name of a male rag doll in an Anime, check this out:
I find this really curious because Melissa sounds very feminine to me.
Melissa Wasserman is an American singer-songwriter.
Last year (2019), 30 baby girls in Poland were given the name Melissa as a first name, and the name was #205 in the girls' first names' ranking. As a middle name, it was used 6 times and ranked #294 among girls' middle names. The more popular form in Poland - Melisa - was given to 36 girls as a first name (#190) and and to 6 as a middle (#274).
My name is Melissa, I get called Mel, Melly or Lissie. I'm a new author. And honestly, I like seeing the name Melissa on a cover.
I really really love Melissa, so much that I think I actually wouldn't mind using it for a potential child. I have an impression though that here in Poland it's still more associated with the herb, Melissa tea and all that, than seen as a serious name, and I'd be afraid that because of that it might not be the best idea really, I'm afraid that naming your child this here you might risk that she'll be teased because of Melissa as in the herb, and its somnifacient properties, but maybe I'm not right, I hope not. Many people here seem to think it's a bit pretentious or snobbish, but although I am usually sensitive to such things as a name sounding overly pretentious I don't see Melissa this way. Quite the opposite, it has a very naturally classy, refined and feminine feel to me, is gentle and sweet and just nice to hear and pronounce. Though I kind of prefer the "ee pronunciation (me-LEE-sah) as in many European languages, to me-LI-sa, it makes it feel kinda heavier, if you get what I mean. In any case, it's a really great name. I do get it that it was so popular in the 70's and I guess 80's in the US that many people feel sick of it and don't see it as refined or perhaps not even classy at all, I'm sure I would feel the same if I knew many Melissas or saw this name all the time, but I don't, it feels familiar, but at the same time slightly exotic to me.
When I imagine a Melissa, I see a 9-year-old girl, with long, thick, wavy, dark brown hair, rather pale skin and blue eyes. She is rather tall for her age but not big, at the same time she is slim and makes an impression of a gentle person. She is calm, intelligent and friendly, but at the same time rather shy, introverted, worrisome and vulnerable. This is just how I imagine a Melissa, not how I think all Melissas are or should be like, and I only know one person with this name which is rather different.
Astrid Melissa Edvarda Horn Weitzberg (better known as Melissa Horn) is a Swedish pop singer and songwriter, daughter of singer Maritza Horn.
I've heard about only one little Polish girl with the name Melissa and her parents pronounce it as me-LEE-sah, though according to Polish phonetics it actually should be me-LEES-sah.
In Poland, the standard form of this name is Melisa (me-LEE-sah). However it's a rare name because for a long time one of the naming rules over here was that you couldn't use a word as your child's name, so Melisa often wasn't allowed or not easily because melisa is the plant. There are 488 women with this name in Polish population, and 458 with the name Melissa. Last year (2018) Melisa was #122 in the baby name ranking for girls, and 26 baby girls were called this name, There were 24 Melissas and the name was #217. Nicknames could include Mela, Lis(s)a, Meliska, Liska, Melunia, Melusia, Meli, Melisia. I've seen on Polish baby name forums that many people seem to think it's a bit pretentious over here, especially with the two "s".
I like the name Melissa, it sounds like a good name. But if I would make a character named Melissa, I would stereotype her as a more serious but friendly person. Kind of like an older sister vibe. I think someone named Melissa would be like an older sister or be caring towards others. I feel like those people who are named Melissa (Not talking about the mean ones) will have a successful carrier in the future and look on the bright side. It's not bad if it means bee. Because bees make honey and, honey is sweet and, you can describe someone as sweet and, older sisters are usually sweet. The name Melissa can probably mean friendly, sweet, bubbly. Bubbly= a person that's full of cheer and high spirits. Which is good. I hope most people named Melissa have those personalities. Don't be upset about your name's meaning. At least you might not have a name with a dark meaning.
Missy Eliott and Lizzos real names.
Don't like it very much. Melissa sounds like a weak name to me.
Not bad.
I think it's an easy name to pronounce. Personally I had only met two Melissa's in my life and they had terrible behaviour with me. I like the nickname Isa.
Every Melissa I have ever met is kind, helpful and friendly. It sounds to me like the name of a flower. If this is your name, your personality is positive and will shine through.
Melissa Ziegler Gisoni is the mother of Madison and Mackenzie Ziegler.
My name is Melissa and I am 12 and I love my name. It makes me feel good about myself and my nickname is Lissa.
Melissa Gisoni is known for starring on the reality show “Dance Moms” as Maddie and Mackenzie’s mom.
My name is Melissa Sue, after the actress Melissa Sue Anderson on Little House on the Prairie (Mary). Most people named Melissa after the show are named for Melissa Gilbert (Laura), but not me. Some readers here noted their name often gets confused as "Michelle", I can confirm, by being called Michelle more times than I can count, this is true.As for nicknames, I personally go by Mel, and a lot of people in the world assume it's for "Melanie". So, if you're thinking of that for a nickname for you or someone else, just remember Mel is a nickname for many names.As for other nicknames in life: others have called me Lissa/Lissy/Liss/Missy/Miss/Meliss/Miss Meliss/oh and my "fave"- Pissy Lissy/Pissy Missy.
I am so glad other people dislike this name. I was born in 1975 and was named Melissa and it sucks. I would go by my middle name but that is almost nearly as common- Christine. So I am screwed either way. I understand why people are naming their kids really old or odd sounding names-- they want something different for their kids because they have been stuck with Melissa or, the dreaded Jennifer, for their whole lives and are tired of sitting in a room and hearing their name called and respond, only to find out there are other Melissa's or Jennifer's in the room. Then you feel like a dork for assuming the person was talking to you! Jennifer was the only name more popular in the 70s than Melissa. Jennifer was the #1 girl's name and Melissa was #2. Out of a high school class of 150 students there were like 10 Jennifer's in my graduating class! There were 6 Melissas a Marissa and a Melinda, which I figure are derived from Melissa. It is a Melissa sounding name without actually being Melissa.
In 2018, 31 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Melissa who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 56th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
It's nice and all but I'm getting tired of hearing it.
Classic, sweet name. Not too common now-a-days. I just don't like the nickname Mel, unfortunately.
Melissa is pretty overused, let’s face it, but it still is pretty!
I used to not like this name but now I find it cute. :) The meaning is adorable and the sound is sweet, reminds me of a smart young girl with glasses.
My name is Melissa and I like my name quite well and I am 53 years old. I have not gotten tired of it yet. The saying goes God knows your name before your parents name you, he just whispers it into your parents' ears. So before anyone bashes someone's name think first- you never know what you what the good Lord holds in your future.
Interesting comments here! I just had to weigh in. My name is Melissa Myers. For a long time I have wondered if my name is cool or not. I'm 28 (born 1989) and my mom named me after Melissa Gilbert from Little House on the Prairie. My twin sister's name is Erin which I have always liked better because it's less girly. I wouldn't say I'm as girly as my name sounds; I wear lots of black, have long brown hair that is messy/cool, drive an AMG, I'm fit and pull off boyfriend jeans.
My husband says he truly loves my name. He thinks it's musical and makes him think of a beautiful woman (points for that guy). Here is what I think: at this point in time you would have to be somewhat brave to name your daughter Melissa as it is different from most of the popular girl baby names. I believe it will make a comeback though because it sounds pretty. My great-grandma's name was Delpha and when you say it, it just doesn't sound pretty, you know? I go back and forth about my name. What I do like is that I can say it with confidence- I'm not ashamed or insecure to introduce myself. Sometimes you meet people and can tell they hate their name. I don't hate my name, but I also wouldn't have picked it out of a lineup. Sadly, people can color a name, but that's just life. Unless you want to create a name for your kid (which I personally think is cruel), you will have to name them a name that someone else has who sucks at being a human and people don't like that name because of that person. That being said, I think any cool person can make their name cool. Take for example Jennifer Aniston or Merrill Streep. To summarize, on the spectrum of girliness, it is somewhat high. If you have a girly-girl then great. But there are other names with a little more flexibility for your kid depending on their personality. *Side note: the people getting on here saying nasty things about the name Melissa probably shouldn't be given much thought. They obviously knew someone with the name that they didn't like/hate/want to murder. We all have names like this that make us cringe.
I'm same as someone else commenting, I used the name Melissa until a certain age until I used my middle name instead. I think it's the kind of name you grow out of, shortening it to Mel isn't a proper name, I don't like the issa sound and hate it in general. It's also too frilly for girls that look very feminine. It isn't a serious name to me, hate it, also reminds me of militia. It maybe works for some, I like the name Olive for a girl, and Lana.
I personally do not prefer this name. Its pronunciation calls to mind the sound of vicious, hissing snakes. The "issa" is not an attractive sound.
A notable masculine bearer of the name is a writer "Poppy Z. Brite", who had the full name "Melissa Ann Brite".
Poppy Z. Brite is female to male (ftm) transgender and Melissa was the name he was given at birth. He is not a masculine bearer of the name.
This can be a masculine name as well in a very few people.
Melissa Jeanette "Missy" Franklin is a Canadian-American competition swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. As a member of the U.S. national swim team, she also holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
I used to not like this name but now (just like Angelina) it has grown on me and I give it a 9 out of 10.
Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott, often known professionally as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, is an American rapper, dancer, and record producer. Elliott embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV. Following several collaborations and guest appearances, she launched her solo career in 1997 with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly, which spawned the hit singles "The Rain" and "Sock It 2 Me". The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, the highest-charting debut for a female rapper at the time.
My younger brothers couldn't pronounce my name when they were little so I was called Me-Me by one, and Lissa and then Misla, by the other. My dad calls me Missy. My favorite nicknames for Melissa are Missy, Melissy, Mely, and Meliss. Also, I think it's cool that you can use the letters of Melissa to spell smile.
Melissa Benoist is an American actress and singer. She is known for her portrayal of the title character in the CBS/CW superhero drama series Supergirl. She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Marley Rose on the fourth and fifth seasons of the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee, and has appeared in a number of television series including Homeland, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Benoist has also appeared in films such as Danny Collins, The Longest Ride, Patriots Day and the Oscar-winning 2014 film Whiplash.
Melissa Satta is an Italian TV presenter, born in Massachusetts in 1986. She has played professional football for Helena Quartu in Sardinia, and is also a gold medalist in the Italian Karate Championships. She is engaged to Kevin Prince Boateng, with whom she has a child, Maddox Prince, born in 2014.
Melissa was introduced to music through her father's orchestra. At age 12, she had the opportunity to sing with them and then went on to pursue a solo career. She's had some success singing with Wyclef Jean, but she has yet to break out on her own. The Voice is her opportunity to share her music with the world.
Melissa Satta is an Italian television presenter and communications expert. She spent her youth on the island of Sardinia, the land of origin of her parents. She was a showgirl in the Italian satirical series Striscia la notizia.
Melissa Fahn is an American voice actress and singer for anime dubs, such as 'Cowboy Bebop', 'Digimon', 'Eureka Seven', 'FLCL', 'Noein' and 'Zatch Bell!'. She starred in the Broadway performance of 'Wicked' and various theatre projects in Los Angeles.
Never heard the mucousy thing before! LOL. My name is Melissa and I don't mind it. I think it sounds dated though because it was so popular in the 70's and 80's. But oh well.
I've never met a kind Melissa, not once in my life, so probably that colours my opinion vividly. Not only is it quite plain, but I'm also impartial to it because it sounds so mucousy; as if one must be sneezing or have a stuffed nose to pronounce it correctly.
I love my name "Melissa." Unfortunately, Melissa's are typecasted as villains or the male love interest's current girlfriend who lasts only for a few episodes into the show. This happens A LOT. ESPECIALLY IN OLDER MOVIES/SHOWS.The one I can think of off the top of my head is the girlfriend in "I dream of Jeannie."On the bright side, they are usually really pretty characters, enough to make the main female love interest insecure/jealous.
I like this name, not crazy on the meaning. Melissa Hastings from Pretty Little Liars gives me good opinions on this name. Melissa Hastings' middle name is Josephine and I think that's good with Melissa. A good sister name for Melissa is Spencer, which is Melissa Hastings' sister.
It's a shame that this name had such a huge surge of popularity in the 70's/80's that it makes it feel dated today. It really is a lovely name with a beautiful sound. It has a great meaning as well. I predict that this name will be one of the ones that comes back in style in a few generations. Anyone who uses it before then will just be ahead of the curve.
I like my name because it ISN'T common. My Mom wanted to name me "Melody", so I'm grateful my DAD named me instead! :-) The only problem I have with the name, is that people can't seem to remember it and keep calling me "Michelle" instead. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone called me Michelle. I'd be very rich woman!
They also have the hardest time spelling it too.
Malexx - may I ask where you're from? I had the EXACT same thing happen to me when I moved across the country. It got so bad that people who had my name WRITTEN DOWN IN FRONT OF THEM were still calling me Michelle. My doctor's office even called with my lab results once and left the message for "Michelle".It was beyond weird, and I thought I was the only one it ever happened to!
Melissa Lowe is the name of a professional ballerina who is the instructor in several Ballet Workout videos.
Melissa is a character in The Histories by Herodotus. She was killed by her husband Periander, the tyrant king of Corinth. Periander later sent messengers to ask the Oracle of the dead about the location of a deposit that had been buried, but Melissa's ghost appeared and complained that she didn't have any clothes. Periander gathered all the Corinthian women in front of the temple of Hera, and then he forcefully stripped all of them of their clothes. He burned the clothes to give them to Melissa, and then Melissa told him where the deposit was buried. Many years later, the Corinthians told this story as an example of why democracy is better than despotism.
A little too common but the name itself is sweet & reminds me also of a very well grounded lady who speaks her mind and is honest, hard working, yet much fun to be around. Can always put a smile on your face.
I'm surprised to see no one mentioned the famous "Melissa" virus which infected documents written in Microsoft wordThe Melissa virus, also known as "Mailissa", "Simpsons", "Kwyjibo", or "Kwejeebo", [citation needed] is a mass-mailing macro virus. As it is not a standalone program, it is not a worm.[Source:
I think the name Melissa is quite active, likes music, is sweet, kind, funny and the way her friends describe her is crazy, but in a good way. She gets her name spelt wrong quite a lot because there is a lot of ways you can spell the name like Melissa, Melisa, Mellisa, Mellissa, Mlissa, Mlissa, and she can have a lot of nicknames like Mel, Lissa, Lis, Liss, Sis, Sissa. They are also quite powerful and I love the name and I am proud to have it. So for people who have it and don't like it you should, because it's an unusual, special name.
This is my name but mine is spelt differently. This name is also the cover for a heavy metal band, and the "character" Melissa is a skull, who was once a sorceress... but that's the story for the band.
This is a pretty name but not one I have ever wanted to choose for a daughter. We all have our own preferences.
No hate or any prior expirence with it, I just personally find "Melissa" a bit ugly. Not the person at all. The name itself. I always have for some reason. My sister does as well.
This is my name and I honestly hate it. Not only did Melissa McCarthy ruin the names image, but also the "liss" part makes it sound bitter and makes it sound like the name of a snobby rich girl. Naturally, most Melissa's are called Mel, and that's even worse then the name itself.
My name is Melissa. I just love this name!
I am 17 and I have never met another person with this name. I like the fact that it means honey bee or a nymph. It also means a fairy. Melissa is a very popular name and has been used since the 18th century. I think it is a beautiful names. It's elegant and very pretty. If my name was not already Melissa I would name my daughter that.
This is my name and I like it. I like the meaning, too. It means "bee" or "honeybee". I like the nickname Lissa but not Missy. Mel is okay. I also get Melsey and Melly sometimes which are okay. It just depends on who it is coming from.
Actress Melissa Ponzio bears this name, as does the character she is best known for playing -- Melissa McCall on MTV's Teen Wolf.
Melissa is one of my middle names, I find it very sweet and girly. Although it means bee and I'm terrified of bees.
Melissa Altro, a Canadian actress and voice actress who is known for voicing Pippi Longstocking from the 1998 TV series of the same name and Muffy Crosswire from the animated series Arthur.
Melissa Marr, an American author of young-adult fantasy novels. She is well-known for her bestselling Wicked Lovely series.
Melissa Duck, a Looney Tunes character who is the girlfriend of Daffy Duck. She appeared in several cartoon shorts and also in Baby Looney Tunes.
I think this name is very sweet and I love the meaning! (:
There is a character called Melissa who is the protagonist's mother in The Iron King written by Julie Kagawa.
There are a number of songs written about Melissa's. One I like is Marcus Ray Cook - Hey There Melissa.
Other songs: Songs About Girls Named Melissa
Melissa - The Allman Brothers BandMudboat Melissa - Tab BenoitSweet Melissa - Willie StradlinGary And Melissa - King MissileMelissa - Mercyful Fate Melissa's Tune - Time PoolsMelissa Was Here - Grant SparksMelissa - The Strawberry JamDancing With Melissa - Ken Navarro.
Melissa is my first name, and the name I used until about six years ago when I started going by my middle name, part of the reason I changed was because of how much I dislike this name. I don't like the way it sounds and I disagree that it's 'sweet', mostly just boring and stuck up. I'm very glad I'm no longer using this name.
I can't stand this name. It is like a limp, dead flower. It's weak. It has no backbone. It sounds like a snake hissing. It wants to force you to say, "Oh, aren't you pwetty?", but no, you're not, you're lame.
Melissa Lyn; are my first and middle names, and I love my name, I think that it suits me quiet well. I have honey colored hair and deep forest green eyes and thanks to the Indian and Spanish blood that runs through my veins (though everyone assumes that I am white/caucasian.) I turn a dark honey color when I tan in the summer. I think that it has a confident sound to it, myself, not at all weak or flowery! I like my name for many reasons. It has a solid sound to it, for one thing. I love that it has a dual meaning! Honey... sweet, yes! Aw, but; then, to... Bee. Bees swarm and sting, so as protect themselves, their queen, their hive, and their honey. It has a solid history, which speaks for itself! I do not, however, like 'Missy' for a nickname; to me it sounds mousy! I have a girlfriend who calls me Miss, though, which is alright with me... It denotes a proper-respectful sound to me, without going extreme sounding... like the masculine sound of 'Mel'. As far as the comments from queenv? I say queen of what, and according to who? Queen vicious and vile, I think! I can tell that you are jealous and intimidated... Get over it and yourself! Remember; you get further with sugar than you do with spice! I dare say, too, that there are few to no people, in my life... anyway, that would refer to me as being weak, dead, or flowery, and most especially... not, boring! I have a good shape, am athletic, for being 46 years old... born Jan. 1969... Well, most people upon hearing my age, say they "can't believe what great shape" I am in! I am strong physically, mentally, and emotionally! Very much like a bee. As far as the nasty comments go? Feel sorry for her... she probably was cursed with a name like Barbi, or Bambi, or something silly like Wantonesha... which, of course, has no meaning or history!
If you hate the name Melissa, well you suck! To the people who say that it is boring, then why aren't you saying that other boring names such as Marissa or Michelle are boring? Hate this name and you have got no taste at all!
I can't get myself to like this name. I've known too many stuck up snobs and besides it's just ugly, not to mention mauled by popularity.
To the Anonymous user who commented on the 4\29\13, that it is a bit harsh to say. Just because you met rude Melissas doesn't mean you have to call it "ugly". My name is Melissa and it is not fair to all of the nice Melissas out there. Some ignorants may say that it is boring, but no one ever said that it is "ugly". Melissa is a name that rolls off your tongue easily and it has a nice meaning. Since you are dissing my name, I would like to know what your name is and see how you would like it if I called it "ugly".
I love this name, because it is my name. It isn't so common here, and I am glad for that. The meaning and the pronunciation is very pretty. A feminine name for any girl.
I like this name as its my name. My mom wanted to name me Missy though, but my dad wouldn't let her. She tried to use it as a nickname, but I've always gone by Melissa.
This is my name and I like it. In eleamentry school, everyone spelled my name 'Mellissa' even adults! Other than that, Melissa is the best 'M' name I have heard of. Chic and youthful. As for people saying it is popular, I am here to tell you that it is not, nowadays.
My name is Melissa. I love my name, but I don't like how it means " bee." In China, Melissa means agate and beautiful. It is a nice name, it's sad that it isn't popular anymore.
Love it,
But its way too overused I already know about 5 Melissa's,
The name Melissa is good for any age. It's a solid name and very classy.
My youngest sister is called Melissa, from Melisa and its botanical nature, and also from the ideas of 'bee' and 'little bee' being both cute and taken from other family members. Melissa is our little bee. She's great, and this name is good. It leaks coolness, maths, hard work and intelligence, it repels emotion but it is still pretty and feminine. It's not cuddly... but it works for every inch it gets. I love it.
In the Greek mythology, Demeter had an old woman (named Melissa) as an student for her mystic secrets. Melissa was killed by curious friends of her. Melissa's body was transformed in bees by Demeter.
Rapper Melissa "Missy" Elliott is a famous bearer.
Melissa is also the name of family of herbs. The one I'm familiar with is lemon balm, or Melissa officinalis. This may well be related to the meaning of "bee", since I've seen the bees all over our lemon balm, but that's merely speculation on my part.
Melissa (Melissai/Melissae -- collective name) were the names of priestesses for Aphrodite, Demeter and other goddesses. The nymphs that nursed Zeus are also called Melissae. There is also a Minoan god named Melisseus, meaning "bee-man."
Like Jennifer, I think it's lovely but very overused previously.
My name is Melissa and I've always liked it. It's easy to say, rolls off tongue, most people know how to spell it, and it rarely gets confused with anything else. I have known other people named Melissa but it was never overwhelming. I do get the song reference often - people call me Sweet Melissa.
It's a nice name, but boring. Very boring, sorry.
My name! ^_^ I like it I guess, haven't really thought that much about it :P
It's nice to see that lots of people are saying it's pretty and sweet, I'm glad it gives a good impression mostly. Personally, I don't really like being called Mel. My friends & family call me Mizz, which has been my nickname since I was little. Recently, some girls at school have decided to call me Mel Mel. -_- Oh and my friends call me Melly to annoy me. XD
Nobody's ever called me Milly or Missy. Also, I love the fact that fear of bees is called Melissophobia! :D
The ancient Athenians called Sophocles, the Greek tragic poet, Melissa because they so admired his poetry (a bee was an animal they held in high esteem).
Melissa "Missy" Scully is the name of Dana Scully's deceased sister on the TV show "The X Files".
Melissa is my name and I'm grateful to have it. My parents named me after the song "Melissa" by the Allman Brothers. I have only met two other Melissa's that were my age. I like how it's popularity had died down, making the name more unique. For awhile, I hated the name because people would spell it backwards and call me Assilem. It was annoying, but I got used to it. My family usually calls me Missy or Miss. Missy was cute when I was little (I'm 17 now), but it's getting old now. I much prefer my full name.
Missy Higgins' full name is Melissa Morrison Higgins.Melissa Brock is the lead vocalist of Christian alternative band Superchi[k].Melissa Anne Fisher is the protagonist in Marilyn Reynolds' Baby Help.
A few notes since my last comment:
1. Melissa Foster is an award-winning indie romance author (and a good friend of mine!). I love her book, Have No Shame. She also has a sweet voice and a gentle heart. I am glad to know her.
2. A few years ago, I learned that bees (particularly bumblebees) shouldn't technically be aerodynamic enough to fly, but they do anyway. Suddenly I knew what my name meant for me and my personal journey, because I've overcome a lot of things that could, maybe should have, taken me down.
3. I didn't really used to like my name, so I've been known to write poetry about it from time to time. This is my latest, most comprehensive Melissa poem. The evolution of name poems is listed in the artist's description. If you have trouble accepting your name for an emotional reason, I highly recommend dappling in name poetry. And if you do, please message it to me.
Jennifer "Jens" Melissa Tucker - main character in Goodbye, My Wishing Star by Vicki Grove.
My name is Melissa, I never used to like it, I used to get 'Smellissa' and 'Smelly Melly' jokes all the time, but now it doesn't bother me. As for those who say Melissa is an 80's name, I was born in the 90's and I know lots of Melissas my age and younger, so it goes to show that it's not just a name stuck in the 80s. :)
Melissa is the middle name of Lily Owens in "The Secret Life of Bees", by Sue Monk Kidd. I normally am not fond of the name Melissa, but I really like it as a middle name with Lily. I think Lily Melissa just works really well. But that's only my opinion. :)
A famous bearer is American singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester (born February 15, 1951). She's perhaps best known for her songs "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" (for which she won a Grammy Award) and "Don't Cry Out Loud."
My niece is named Melissa. It's so pretty, I love it!
Actor Paul Neumann and Joanne Woodward have a daghter Melissa Neumann-Elkind.
Melissa and Deborah would be good names for twins because of the meaning. As long as they're not allergic to bee stings.
I like this name. I think it's sweet.
In the future I'm thinking of naming my baby girl this, it's very pretty and since my name is Vanessa we can have the last 3 letters the same.
Melissa Carlson is one of the fictional Carlson septuplets.
-Comes form Ancient greek Melitta.-In Greek mythology Melissa is the name of a nymph that helped save Zeus from his father, Cronus. She hid him in the hills and fed him milk from Amalthea and honey. When Cronus discovered this, he turned her into a worm. After Zeus came into power, he changed her into a queen bee, not being able to change her from an insect form.-There is a kind of plant called Melissa, (Melissa officinalis)commonly called lemon balm.-A variation of the Name Melissa is Melissan.
My mom named me Melissan as a variation of Melissa. Melissan Reid sounded like mystery to her. I love my name, the sound of it, the Greek mythology origin.
This name is just too obvious. It's so flowery and pretty that it's too flowery and pretty. It's so sweet that it's sickeningly sweet. That's what I'm getting at. It's so flowery and pretty and sweet that it's sickening. It's just... obvious! And was too popular. And showed no imagination.
I think Melissa is a very pretty name but I like it better spelled Mallissa, and Lissy is a cute nickname.
Melissa Block is a famous bearer. She is a journalist and is inclded in the new book: In Their Shoes by Deborah Reber.
First people I think of when I hear the name are all from the '70's-'80's classic show 'Little House on the Prairie': Melissa Sue Anderson as oldest daughter of Charles & Caroline Ingalls, Melissa Gilbert from as the middle daughter, Laura Ingalls (later Laura Ingalls Wilder), (later Mary Ingalls Kendall), and Melissa 'Missy' Francis, who played Cassandra for a relatively short time on the show. So many damn Melissas on that show! Although, I guess it was at the height of its popularity around then.
My name is Melissa (my close friends call me Mel) and I've always been pleased with my name. My mom picked it out not only because of the way it sounds but also for the way it looks when written in cursive. She thought both were pretty, along with the meaning. I find that it really isn't all that common, as I've only known a couple Melissa's in my life and none of them spelled it the way I did. The most unique way I've seen it spelled is the way a child spells it at the school I work in: Melessa.
I find this name to be ok. Which is good, since it's my name. I have found that people cannot spell it properly, even though it is spelled the standard, normal way (no offense to anyone who spells it differently). They always spell it with 2 l's and 1 s. I don't understand that, it's not like it's an overly complicated name.
Sadly, it is quite common in my neck of the woods. I was one of three Melissas in my graduating class of about 90 people. So, for the past 3-4 years, I've gone by Mel. When I was little, I was Missa. And anyone who tries to call me Missy will receive a swift kick in the shin.
My cousin's name is Melissa, but we don't have a cutesy nickname for her. I think Melissa is too pretty to make up a nickname like Mel or Milly (no offense to anyone who goes by those nicknames). I just think Melissa rolls of the tongue much better.
Fellow Melissa's, I found this website that lists Bible verses in association
with each name. The actual denotation of each name is generally nowhere near as accurate as BTN, but I thought the verse thing was cool. Verse for Melissa is Proverbs 3:17. See result by searching for Melissa at
or, for an easier translation of the Bible verse, search for Proverbs 3 on
This name is sometimes given to the nymph that hid the infant god Zeus from his father in Greek mythology. She fed him milk (from Amalthea) and honey and in gratitude Zeus changed Melissa into a honeybee.
This name is very nice and pretty. Just be glad it is not THAT popular anymore as it once was. Don't let people call her Missy, though. Mel or Lissa are much nicer nicknames than Missy.
Melissa Ann Marie Fuller is the main character in The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot.
Such a pretty name. But now it's so common that it's no longer very distinctive.
As someone else mentioned, the song "Melissa" is the first opening for the anime "Fullmetal Alchemist." The band's name is Porno Graffiti, and title comes from the [translated] lyric "I want to become Melissa leaves dancing in midair."
Thanks for those links, I will have to check out that MelissaNet and that song--I've never heard it. Funny both my sister and I have songs, Cindy and Melissa. For someone who said they haven't seen someone born after the 80's with this name, I was born in 90 here ya go! I've known a girl named Melyssa, you can really spell her name backwards Assylem. My mom named me Melissa after her sister Melissa June and Raye after my dad's mom Rayetta Ann. I hate it sometimes, but I like it too, except for when I'm in trouble, that Muh-Liiiisssssss-Uuuuuuh is bad news. As of late 2004 a once friend called me Mel, and it stuck. I have known other Melissas, but they were mostly adults. So it isn't so common in a public setting for me very often, but I hate turning around when someone doesn't enunciate when they say "Hey Alyssa/Carissa/Clarissa/Larissa/Marissa!" It's frustrating--that's why I go by Mel most of the time. But otherwise I don't mind my name at all. Someone said on here that they are terrified of bees, I second that, although I've never been stung. But then again, being blind I don't like creepycrawlyflyingstinging things. I can be sweet, but I'll sting if I have to, and I'm definitely an overachiever, so I guess the name fits me well.
My mum thought she was being very original when she named me Melissa (in 1978) but actually she had been subliminally influenced by the various Melissas in the cast of Little House on the Prairie! I find this name rather too frilly, soppy and overly-girly for my own liking (I still think it doesn't suit me!), but I like "Bee" as a nickname. And the name "Honey" is getting popular now, which is sort of like Melissa (I don't like this - please don't name your child after a foodstuff!).
I'd rather spell it like Melisza or something. Missy is a cute nickname. All together - it's been around since the begining of sin but very cute.
I think it's one of those 80's names like Amber or Tiffany or whatever, I mean, I don't know anybody under the age of 20 called Melissa. Sorry, Mel is still cute, but I prefer Melanie.
'Melissa' is the name of the first opening song for the anime show Fullmetal Alchemist.
The name Melissa has been ruined just like the name Angela. People with Italian ethnic backgrounds seem to be very fond of this name.
My name is Melissa, and I prefer to go by Mel. I like my name, but I would rather have it be something more modern like Skye or Wynter. Overall though, I think that it's really pretty!
I love it, it is my name! I still think my name is pretty and I never ran into too many Melissa's growing up which was nice. I am called Mel, Lissa or Missy by close friends, but prefer Melissa.
Melissa Anelli is the owner of the Harry Potter fansite, The Leaky Cauldron. This website is so fabulous, Melissa was chosen (along with Emerson Spartz, owner of Mugglenet) to go to J.K. Rowling's home on the day the sixth book in the series was released.
Melissa Greene is a member of the Christian recording group, Avalon.
There were three actresses named Melissa on the television show "Little House on the Prairie": Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder), Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary Ingalls Kendall), & Melissa "Missy" Francis (Cassandra Cooper Ingalls).
A famous bearer of this name is the singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge. for more info on Melissa check out her website. (
Before, I didn't really think the name Melissa very nice and attracting. To my eyes it was way too common. Until I met a Melissa, who is now my best friend. She is devoted, sweet and passinote in what she does. Her personality makes me think of the name Melissa. It is delicate but opposing, it is nice but harsh and it is tense but calm. I love the name Melissa.
Melissa is a very pretty, delicate name. The popularity of Melissa has dropped off.
There has only been one book written about the name MELISSA.
"The Melissa Book: Etymology & Onomastics of the name; Melissa" ISBN 0646455575.
"The Melissa Book" looks at Melissa from every possible point of view: history, geography, food, wine, arts, acting, singing, dancing, products, flowers, streets and much more.
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Melissa Chapman from "Animorphs".
I like the name Melissa. It's just it kind of turned me off ever since I met this girl named Melissa. But I think it's a great name and I shouldn't dislike the name because of one person. But the name rocks.
It is sweet but I've never really cared.
Famous bearer is Melissa George, movie actress.
Model Melissa McKnight is married to actor Matt LeBlanc from Friends and Joey.
In keeping with wiswina's comment Melissa is a flower. I have a duvet cover of it and it's beautiful. I got it mainly because Melissa is my name, so that keeps with a comment made a few before me. In retaliation to 'unfair' comments about this name (everyone's entitled to an opinion) it depends on what part of the world you're from. There didn't seem to be many - if at all - Melissa's around when I was born (Feb' '82), however I have known Melissa'a older and younger. One of my best friends bears the same name and she was born April of the same year. We have known each other since we were 4-years-old. There were others - albeit not in the same year so it was odd for me because there were a lot of people with really 'common' names. I was told by a Turkish friend that Turkish people love this name. If you are from the States/Australia? this name may be seen ordinary, if anything too popular. I'm from England so it's different here (it's heard of just not, maybe, common/popular).
My name is Melissa, and I don't really like it. I prefer to be called Mel or Millie. Mine and my mum's name are twin names - Melissa means Bee in Greek and Deborah means similar in Hebrew.
Mel, the Latin for "honey" is also of interest, as the verb "to mellify" means "to steep in honey."
I noticed that a lot of the rude comments about the name Melissa were from anonymous people, apparently they are ashamed of their own name. Mine is Melisa, note that I only have one "s". This is my Great-Grandmother's name. Also in regards to those who think Melissa is over used and has become boring, apparently they haven't been around long. As a child I never knew another Melissa and now that I am an adult I only know two other people that have this name, but are spelled differently. One is Milissa and the other is Elisa (not pronounced as a long E, but just like Melissa). I like having a name that is not as common as some others. I could list them, but I am not that rude. :o)
In my experience, women named Melissa are tickled to meet another woman with the same name - we get all excited n' stuff. The name backwards ~ ASSILEM ~ sounds like asylum which means:
1) An institution for the care of ill people who require organized supervision or assistance
2) A place offering protection and safety; a shelter
3) A place, such as a church, formerly constituting an inviolable refuge for criminals or debtors
4) The protection afforded by a sanctuary
5) Protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another countryMelissa is a bee that gives us things so sweet ~ She has a sting to protect herself and loved ones from harm. She is an ingredient derived from nature, a song and a singer. She is a drop from the clouds above ~ a piece of Heaven Pie. Why in the world would someone want to call her Missy? (no offense to all the Missy's who love their name).
I was named Melissa after the actor who played Laura in 'Little House on the Prairie'. My dad used to watch the show every day at lunch.
Actress Melissa Gilbert, known for her character "Laura Ingalls Wilder" on "Little House on the Prairie".
Melissa is an aromatherapy oil, made from lemon balm.
One of my enemies' name is that. I hate it, no offense.
I have a RPG character with this name, only I spell it 'Mellissa' with 2 l's. It is beautiful either way.
"Knowing many, loving none,
Bearing sorrow havin' fun,
But back home he'll always run
To sweet Melissa... mmm..."Melissa by The Allman Brothers Band. A great song, and I love this name because of it.
She has a cheerful countenance; she has a bewitching personality; she is strong-willed; she has a special touch to dry a tear; enterprising, affectionate, and loyal; she does her best when she is in nature; she is idealistic and imaginative in nature; she has an intense drive for success. My name as well is "Melissa". I also found out my name is the same as the actress, Melissa Gilbert, from little house on the prairie. To others the name may be plain but it is who I am and always will be in life. So I make the best of my name and bring honor to it as I live my life.
Melissa Joan Hart (a.k.a., Sabrina the Teenage Witch), bears this name.
This name is so common it's become boring.
This name is also related to the Greek word for "honey" (HONEY bee). It is where the term Diabetes Mellitus comes from. In ancient days, doctors would taste the urine of the patients, and if the patients' urine tasted sweet, it was said he had that disease.
I happen to like the name "Melissa" (It's my name, gosh darnit!). It sounds very soft, and rolls off the tongue easily. I usually pronounce it as "muh-LI-sah" or "MLIS-ah", depending on how fast I say it. I've always found it ironic that my name means honey bee and queen bee, but I am absolutely terrified of bees!
My impression is no impression at all! This name is the most LAME ever!
Melissa is a very sweet name that belongs to kind girls. It's not nice to call names lame.
Along with meaning "bee", Melissa also is an Old World genus of mints (family Labiatae).

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