Melissa: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Melissa
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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Alternate spelling: Milissa, Mellissa, Mellisa, Melyssa, M'lissa, Malysa, Malisa
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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.
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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.
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"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."
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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"-- Allman Brothers Band
Melissa, from Swindle by Gordon Korman
Melissa computer virus (1999)
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