Usage: Melissa is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Melissa are in general originating from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Meaning: Honey-bee, A honey bee
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N.B. Sometimes it happens that another name has the same meaning. There is nothing surprising in this: both names have the same origin or the same numbers of numerology.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 6.
Qualities: Romantic, Nurturing
Ruling planet: Venus
The name Melissa is ranked on the 45th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 7192700 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.099% of the population. The name Melissa has seven characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Melissa for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name day of Melissa is 12 November.
History and Origin
Melissa is a given name for a female child. The name comes from the Greek word μέλισσα (melissa), "honey bee", which in turn comes from μέλι (meli), "honey". In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maoilíosa, which means "servant of Jesus". Melissa also refers to the plant Melissa officinalis (Lamiaceae family), known as lemon balm.
In Hittite melit signifies "honey". According to Greek mythology, perhaps reflecting Minoan culture, making her the daughter of a Cretan king Melissos, whose -issos ending is pre-Greek, Melissa was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey and from whom bees were believed to have received their name. She was one of the nymph nurses of Zeus, sister to Amaltheia, but rather than feeding the baby milk, Melissa, appropriately for her name, fed him honey. Or, alternatively, the bees brought honey straight to his mouth. Because of her, Melissa became the name of all the nymphs who cared for the patriarch god as a baby.
1 English: from the Greek word melissa bee. It is the name of the good witch who releases Rogero from the power of the bad witch Alcina in Ariosto's narrative poem Orlando Furioso (1532). The name has recently increased considerably in popularity, together with other female names sharing the same first syllable.
2 Irish: recently adopted as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic female name Maoilíosa.
Variant (of 1): Melitta (from an ancient Greek dialectal variant of the same word).
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