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It's a mouthful and doesn't sound pretty to me.
kayisforkeen  8/10/2018
This name is very underused. It has the same feel to me as Penelope, a name that is popular. Probably because they have ties in mythology and they sound some what similar to me anyways. And plenty of nickname options as well.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2018
Melpomene is very pretty. I like the association with mythology and she can always be Mellie.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2018
To say Melpomene means "choir" is far too simplistic. According to Wikipedia and the Theoi Greek Mythology website, the name Melpomene means 'to sing' or 'the one that is melodious'. It was derived from the Greek verb melpô or melpomai meaning "to celebrate with dance and song." [noted -ed]


A bit more info on the Muse herself: Melpomene was originally the Muse of Singing, hence her name. However, at some point in history, she was "reassigned" to be the Muse of Tragedy, for which she is most well-known. Why this happened I have no idea, and I'm not sure if anyone knows why and how this reassignment happened. :P But the original musical meaning of her name still stands.
la-petite-rachel  1/15/2014
I really love this name. I think it's beautiful, melodic, and has a magical feel and sound to it. I love the actual meaning, 'one that is melodious' / 'to celebrate with dance and song'.

While I don't think I could ever give a future daughter this name as a first name, I would certainly consider it as a middle name. I think it would make a lovely and unusual first name, however, if you are someone who is considering it.

Due to the meaning/etymology of the name, and the Muse's original patronage of Singing, I think someone who is themselves a singer/musician or who loves music might find this a lovely and fitting, if rather elaborate and unusual, name for a daughter. :)
la-petite-rachel  1/15/2014
I really like this name and is currently my favorite name and love the meaning and you can think of plenty of nick-names.
jazzycritique  5/18/2013
I think earthnut's right. It's mel-po-MEE-nee.
bedamijo  11/6/2011
I read it was pronounced "mel-PAW-mə-nee." I like that better than "mel-po-MEE-nee" or whatever.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2011
It is pronounced mel-po-MEH-nee.
― Anonymous User  4/21/2010
Every time I read this name I see LMNOP, but it is beautiful otherwise.
Eva Marie  4/29/2009
It is pronounced mel-po-MEE-nee.
earthnut  2/8/2008
Although Melpomene was the muse of tragedy, she was not doleful or self-pitying; in fact, she was highly revered by the ancient Greek civilsiation for being an inspiration to people in times of trouble, as although Melpomene had a great deal of tragedy in her myths, she always pulled through and had a great love of music and dance.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2006
Awwwww! It's such a cute name! Bit of a mouthful though....
name_obsession  8/19/2005
I love the name Melpomene. I named my kitten that. I think Melpomene is especially nice, especially when paired with the middle name Andromeda. Melpomene Andromeda, a very beautiful and tragic name.
author  8/15/2005

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