Melania Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Melanie:
Derived from the Greek Melaina, which is from the root melas (black, dark). The name was made popular through its association with two 5th-century Roman saints, a grandmother and granddaughter remembered for their piety and good works for the poor.
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From Mélanie, the French form of the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning "black, dark". This was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century. Her grandmother was also a saint with the same name.
The name was common in France during the Middle Ages, and was it introduced from there to England, though it eventually became rare. Interest in it was revived by the character Melanie Wilkes from the novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1939).
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St. Melania the Elder, Christian ascetic
St. Melania the Younger, granddaughter of the above, monastic
Melania Trump, model and socialite, third wife of Donald Trump (born Melanija Knavs, anglicized to Melania Knauss)
Melania Grego, Italian water polo gold medalist
Melania Dolorico, Philippine film director
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