Melina: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Melina
Origin of the name Melina:
Feminine form of the Greek melinos (quince-yellow), which is from mēlon (quince, apple).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Melina: | Edit
My name is Melina, and I absolutely love it! Although, it takes a try or two for people to learn how to pronounce it. I usually get Melanie or Melinda before they get my name correct. It's frustrating at first, but you get used to it. People seem to really like it too!
- Personal experiences with the name Melina: | Edit
When I was pregnant with my 2nd, I wanted the name Melina if it was a girl but we had a boy. Fast forward 31 years to my daughter's 3rd pregnancy. They knew it was a girl, but couldn't decide on a name. The day the baby was born, my daughter said, "We've decided to name her Melina." I was so thrilled! I now have my Melina!
- Nicknames for Melina: | Edit
Mel, Lina, Mela, Meli (pronounced MEH-lee), Mina, Nina, Nana, Mimi
- Meanings and history of the name Melina: | Edit
The name Melina can be found in Greece, Cyprus, Iran and southern Italy. Melina is originally a female given name in Greece and Iran, while in Italy is always a nickname. in Greece, Melina can be a nickname as well, usually short form of Magdalene, Melpomene, Simela and less often Amalia. The greek name Melina derives from the noun meli (gr. μέλι), which means honey. In other words, Melina is "the one who is sweet as honey" or "made of honey" - melenia (gr. μελένια), which can also be found in Greece as a female first given name. Others suggest Melina derives from melon (gr. μήλο), meaning "the one who shines like golden-yellow apples".
- Famous real-life people named Melina: | Edit
Melina Mercouri, Greek actress and politician
Melina Kanakaredes, American actress
Melina Perez, wrestler
Melina Marchetta, Author
- Melina in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Melina" sung by Camilo Sesto in the 70s.