Melissa Name Meaning & Origin
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
My name is Melissa and I love it. It sounds sweet and is not too common. If it wasn't too narcissistic to do so, I'd name my daughter Melissa. I've only been called Lizard, being teased by my cousin, but mostly Lissa, Melis, or Jelissa, because my siblings names start with "J", (mom would get mixed up with who she was yelling at)! Most references I've seen say it means 'Honey Bee'. I'm smart and attractive and have never met a Melissa who wasn't at least smart...not necessarily attractive, or unattractive really, but if you could, imagine a slender long-haired brunette, bookworm type with gorgeous big brown eyes behind pretty, sophisticated glasses:)
My name is Melissa but I have always gone by Lisa until recently . I have known of quite a few girls named Melissa who went by Lisa as a shortened derivative of Melissa. I started going by Melissa a few years ago and I love it !Even though Lisa is a pretty name, Melissa is less common and I think it is sexier. It also has a classy
Once upon a portion of time in history or characterized by particular events or circumstances, I used to know a girl named Melissa.
She was the wicked witch of the south east land of Australia (where, according to Vandana, the Sahara Desert is).
Sounds very mucousy ---- like someone sneezing.
- Nicknames for Melissa: | Edit
Mo, Mel-Mel, Missy, Mel, Lissa, Emme, Miss, Melis, Milly, Lilly, Milli, Melly, Missa, Medu-Japanese version
- 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
Melissa Sue Anderson, American Actress
- 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)