Melinda: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Melinda

Melinda

Pronunciation: meh-LIN-də (key)

Origin of the name Melinda:

Modern coinage combining the name element Mel with the productive suffix -inda. Alternatively, some believe Melinda is an elaborationn of Linda (beautiful).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Lindy, Malinda, Mel, Mindy

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Comments and insights on the name Melinda: | Edit

I am named Melinda (born 1985) and although I was called Mindy as a child I am in love with my name!! It's so sweet and beautiful. No other name could fit me so well. I highly recommend this name to anyone. The only issue I have is that often times people will call me Melanie. I've learned to hate that name because quite honestly, who can't remember 'Melinda'? It's not that uncommon (although I don't know anyone else with the name) ;-) I am so proud to have this name and my middle name goes so well with it. Melinda Mae, perfect! Thanks parents!!

I was given Melinda because my Gramma suggested it, my mother kind of liked it, and she didn't know anyone else with that name. Though I hated my name growing up, and have never really liked how it looked on paper, I quite love it now and enjoy its simple and unique prettiness. I don't really have nick names other than Mel occasionally and Mells from one friend.

Personal experiences with the name Melinda: | Edit

When my daughter was born (in 2008) we wanted to give her an uncommon but not a strange name so we decided to name her Melinda. I think it's adorable to call her by her first and middle name; Melinda Piper.

I have an aunt named Melinda. Everyone mostly calls her by her nickname, though.

I'm named Melinda and was born in 1980. My parents named me after my Uncle Mel and Aunt Linda. They also thought they might call me Mindy (they liked Mork & Mindy, the Robin Williams TV show from that time), but everyone always called me Melinda until college. Since then I've been nicknamed Mel by a few people. I like the meaning behind why my parents named me this and that it's a different name while still being easy to pronounce and spell.

Nicknames for Melinda: | Edit

Mindy, Mel, Lindy, Mandy, Minda, Linda, Melli, Millie

Meanings and history of the name Melinda: | Edit

Greek - Gentle One/ Honey

Famous real-life people named Melinda: | Edit

Melinda Gates, wife of Bill Gates
Melinda Clarke, American actress
Melinda Doolittle, American singer/American Idol contestant
Melinda Saxe, American magician
Melinda Culea, American actress
Melinda Dillon-America actress best known as the mother in A Christmas Story

Melinda in song, story & screen: | Edit

Melinda Gordon, lead character of Ghost Whisperer, portraid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Melinda Warren, ancestor of the Charmed Ones on Charmed
Melinda Prudence Halliwell, character of the televison show "Charmed", the only daughter of Leo Wyatt and Piper Halliwell, youngest child of her brothers; Wyatt and Chris.
"Face of Melinda" a song by Opeth
Melinda Sordino, the main character of the YA novel 'Speak' by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda and Melinda, a 2005 American film
Melinda Warner, Medical Examiner on Law and Order:SVU
Melinda Bobbin, a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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