Melissa Name Meaning

In Greek mythology, a nymph who taught men the virtues of honey.

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Melissa Name Popularity

How popular is the name Melissa? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 664 13 0.0037%
1911 0 0%
1912 1,156 5 0.001%
1913 926 10 0.0018%
1914 1,183 6 0.0009%
1915 918 23 0.0025%
1916 1,234 10 0.001%
1917 1,381 6 0.0006%
1918 970 25 0.0023%
1919 0 0%
1920 1,285 11 0.001%
1921 1,264 12 0.001%
1922 926 31 0.0028%
1923 1,539 6 0.0005%
1924 1,678 5 0.0004%
1925 1,439 7 0.0006%
1926 1,646 5 0.0005%
1927 0 0%
1928 1,563 5 0.0005%
1929 0 0%
1930 1,300 9 0.0009%
1931 0 0%
1932 1,142 12 0.0012%
1933 1,160 12 0.0013%
1934 0 0%
1935 967 21 0.0022%
1936 1,322 7 0.0007%
1937 771 40 0.0041%
1938 824 36 0.0035%
1939 657 65 0.0064%
1940 814 39 0.0037%
1941 651 74 0.0066%
1942 622 99 0.0078%
1943 563 133 0.0102%
1944 579 111 0.009%
1945 546 132 0.0108%
1946 556 157 0.0106%
1947 463 270 0.0162%
1948 318 563 0.0353%
1949 275 750 0.0466%
1950 239 952 0.0591%
1951 229 1,099 0.0648%
1952 201 1,413 0.0809%
1953 163 1,993 0.1126%
1954 170 2,047 0.112%
1955 150 2,400 0.1305%
1956 150 2,507 0.1327%
1957 147 2,756 0.1432%
1958 130 3,311 0.1752%
1959 126 3,620 0.1905%
1960 109 4,408 0.2326%
1961 95 4,903 0.2597%
1962 68 6,310 0.3437%
1963 61 7,320 0.4078%
1964 53 8,317 0.4725%
1965 38 10,565 0.6461%
1966 22 14,253 0.9129%
1967 9 18,380 1.2112%
1968 5 21,726 1.4469%
1969 5 23,022 1.4944%
1970 7 23,739 1.4917%
1971 7 23,870 1.5885%
1972 7 22,501 1.652%
1973 6 22,480 1.734%
1974 7 22,165 1.7054%
1975 4 24,167 1.8807%
1976 3 25,093 1.947%
1977 2 26,885 1.9945%
1978 2 28,330 2.1072%
1979 2 34,052 2.415%
1980 4 31,634 2.1636%
1981 5 28,000 1.9048%
1982 5 25,867 1.731%
1983 6 23,473 1.5907%
1984 8 21,889 1.4714%
1985 11 19,955 1.3147%
1986 12 17,664 1.1702%
1987 13 17,673 1.1581%
1988 16 16,544 1.0616%
1989 19 15,204 0.9422%
1990 20 13,996 0.8444%
1991 20 13,343 0.8186%
1992 24 11,711 0.7337%
1993 30 10,222 0.6557%
1994 31 8,798 0.5733%
1995 35 7,874 0.5225%
1996 41 7,169 0.4788%
1997 44 6,679 0.4516%
1998 59 5,350 0.3575%
1999 64 4,821 0.3219%
2000 71 4,523 0.2961%
2001 74 4,132 0.2742%
2002 80 3,758 0.2508%
2003 96 3,493 0.2296%
2004 99 3,311 0.2172%
2005 104 3,064 0.2004%
2006 117 2,880 0.1839%
2007 138 2,474 0.1568%
2008 134 2,497 0.1616%
2009 137 2,315 0.1549%
2010 158 1,930 0.1339%
2011 184 1,699 0.1193%
2012 178 1,746 0.1225%
2013 198 1,574 0.1106%
2014 220 1,474 0.1012%
2015 246 1,245 0.0856%
2016 253 1,209 0.0839%
2017 269 1,135 0.0813%
2018 288 1,087 0.0791%
2019 329 903 0.0667%

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Names Like Melissa

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What names are variants of Melissa?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Melissa.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lisa

A variant-diminutive of Elizabeth, “to the Lord I consecrate thee.”

Hebrew

Malissa

Bee; honey

Greek

Mallissa

Bee; honey

Greek

Mel

Smooth brow; black, dark-skinned; bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Melesa

Bee; honey

Greek

Melessa

Bee; honey

Greek

Melicent

Bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Melicia

Bee; honey

Greek

Melisa

Bee; honey

Greek

Melisanda

Bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Melisande

Animal strength

Greek

Melise

Bee; honey

Greek

Melisent

Bee; honey

Greek

Melisha

Modern

Melisse

Bee; honey

Greek

Melitta

Bee; honey; honey-sweet

Greek

Meliza

Bee; honey

Greek

Mellicent

Bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Mellie

Black, dark-skinned; bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Mellisa

Bee; honey

Greek

Melly

Black, dark-skinned; bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Melosa

Bee; honey

Greek

Milli

Helper to the priest; bee; honey

Latin

Millicent

Brave strength

French

Millie

Gentle strength

English

Millisent

Bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Millissent

Bee; honey

Greek

Milly

Industrious, striving; work; helper to the priest; rival; laborious; eager; bee; honey; gentle strength; brave strength

Latin

Missie

Bee; honey; brave strength

Greek

Missy

What names sound like Melissa?

If you like how Melissa sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Melissa.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Malicia
Mellicia

What names are similar to Melissa?

Find a name that’s like Melissa, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lissa

Greek

Mischa

Russian


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3 Comments

  1. I love this name because everyone can pronounce it correctly

  2. My name! I love my name. It’s very pretty. I was named after the song, “Sweet Melissa” by the Allman Brothers. Lots of nicknames for Melissa like Mel , Meli , Missy , Melis (my favorite) , Lissa , Lissy , etc.

  3. Since I’m Brazilian and my partner is German we were looking for a name, which would be pronounced equally in both countries. We were thinking of many names and Melissa just came to my mind while I was drinking tea with a friend. Melissa just sounded right! It’s soft but also full of character


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