Origin of the name Melanie
Melanie is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Melanie are in general originating from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Melanie across the world, see Mel.
Name meaning of Melanie
- Name Number: 5
- Interpretation: Motion, Change, Freedom, Diversity, Liberty, Choice, Interest, Search, Risk, Danger, Fear
History and Related Information
English and Dutch: from an Old French form of Latin Melania, a derivative of the feminine form, melaina, of the Greek adjective melas black, dark. This was the name of two Roman saints of the 5th century, a grandmother and granddaughter. St Melania the Younger was a member of an extremely rich patrician family. She led an austere and devout Christian life and, on inheriting her father's wealth, she emancipated her slaves, sold her property, and gave the proceeds to the poor. She also established several contemplative houses, including one on the Mount of Olives to which she eventually retired. The name Melanie was introduced to England from France in the Middle Ages, but died out again. It has been reintroduced and has become popular in the late 20th century.
Variants: Melany, Melony.
Cognate: French: Mélanie.
Popularity of the given name
The name Melanie is ranked on the 229ᵗʰ position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 1202000 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.036% of the population.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given this name for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name Melanie has seven characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
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