Melissa: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Melissa

Melissa

Pronunciation: mə-LIS-ə (key)

Origin of the name Melissa:

Derived from the Greek melissa (a bee). The 16th century Italian poet Ariosto used the name for the good fairy who protected Bradamante and helped Ruggero escape from Atlante upon the hippogriff in the poem Orlando Furioso.

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Comments and insights on the name Melissa: | Edit

Alternate spelling: Milissa, Mellissa, Mellisa, Melyssa, M'lissa, Malysa, Malisa

Personal experiences with the name Melissa: | Edit

Extremely popular name in the 70's and 80's would be a familiar but not overly common name if used for an infant. Lots of nicknames, very frilly sweet sounding name. I hated my name growing up but only because it was extremely common and I always had to go by Melissa last initial. Nowadays if used that wouldn't be the case.

Nicknames for Melissa: | Edit

Mo, Mel-Mel, Missy, Mel, Lissa, Emme, Miss, Melis, Milli, Melly, Missa, Medu-Japanese version, Em, Smelly, Lissy, Meli, Mel Bug, Mel-Bell, Mel-Smell, Loulou.

Meanings and history of the name Melissa: | Edit

"In Greek mythology, Melissa is the name of one of the nymphs that fed Zeus honey as an infant while hiding him from his father, Cronus. 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."
found at ~http://www.themelissagarden.com/

Famous real-life people named Melissa: | Edit

Melissa Ponzio - American actress (Plays Melissa McCall on MTV's Teen Wolf.)
Melissa Rose "Melrose" Bickerstaff, American model
Melissa Joan Hart, American actress
Melissa Etheridge, American singer
Melissa Hill, Irish author
Melissa Claire Egan, American actress
Melissa George, Australian-American actress
Melissa Rosenberg, American actress
Melissa Ordway, American actress
Melissa Gilbert, American actress
Melissa McCarthy, American actress
Melissa McCarthy World Irish Dancing Champion

Melissa Bugeja, Fashion designer
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Melissa in song, story & screen: | Edit

Melissa McCall - From MTV's Teen Wolf (Played by Melissa Ponzio.)
"Melissa"-- Allman Brothers Band
Melissa, from Swindle by Gordon Korman
Melissa computer virus (1999)
Melissa- Full Metal Alchemist (one of the openings)

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