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752k
in the U.S.
since 1880

Melissa

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Bee
  • #69 All Time
Girls
Boys

How popular is the name "Melissa" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 33 33 0
1881 40 40 0
1882 41 41 0
1883 42 42 0
1884 48 48 0
1885 45 45 0
1886 58 58 0
1887 34 34 0
1888 40 40 0
1889 46 46 0
1890 42 42 0
1891 31 31 0
1892 34 34 0
1893 53 53 0
1894 52 52 0
1895 41 41 0
1896 30 30 0
1897 35 35 0
1898 35 35 0
1899 47 47 0
1900 40 40 0
1901 34 34 0
1902 40 40 0
1903 35 35 0
1904 24 24 0
1905 30 30 0
1906 22 22 0
1907 38 38 0
1908 27 27 0
1909 33 33 0
1910 47 47 0
1911 31 31 0
1912 42 42 0
1913 47 47 0
1914 52 52 0
1915 67 67 0
1916 64 64 0
1917 54 54 0
1918 63 63 0
1919 49 49 0
1920 59 59 0
1921 66 66 0
1922 68 68 0
1923 51 51 0
1924 53 53 0
1925 55 55 0
1926 46 46 0
1927 45 45 0
1928 43 43 0
1929 42 42 0
1930 56 56 0
1931 44 44 0
1932 62 62 0
1933 51 51 0
1934 43 43 0
1935 63 63 0
1936 56 56 0
1937 89 89 0
1938 85 85 0
1939 116 116 0
1940 95 95 0
1941 141 141 0
1942 155 155 0
1943 189 189 0
1944 177 177 0
1945 186 186 0
1946 198 198 0
1947 319 319 0
1948 601 601 0
1949 779 779 0
1950 979 979 0
1951 1,131 1,131 0
1952 1,442 1,442 0
1953 2,007 2,007 0
1954 2,058 2,058 0
1955 2,415 2,415 0
1956 2,536 2,527 9
1957 2,778 2,778 0
1958 3,339 3,328 11
1959 3,641 3,630 11
1960 4,424 4,415 9
1961 4,909 4,900 9 #95 girl name
1962 6,322 6,312 10 #68 girl name
1963 7,345 7,320 25 #61 girl name
1964 8,335 8,317 18 #53 girl name
1965 10,595 10,569 26 #38 girl name
1966 14,292 14,255 37 #22 girl name
1967 18,418 18,375 43 #9 girl name
1968 21,792 21,731 61 #5 girl name
1969 23,094 23,025 69 #5 girl name
1970 23,813 23,743 70 #7 girl name
1971 23,945 23,870 75 #7 girl name
1972 22,581 22,497 84 #7 girl name
1973 22,562 22,484 78 #6 girl name
1974 22,255 22,169 86 #7 girl name
1975 24,256 24,164 92 #4 girl name
1976 25,181 25,093 88 #3 girl name
1977 26,976 26,884 92 #2 girl name
1978 28,433 28,332 101 #2 girl name
1979 34,178 34,049 129 #2 girl name
1980 31,769 31,631 138 #4 girl name
1981 28,103 28,006 97 #5 girl name
1982 25,969 25,860 109 #5 girl name
1983 23,573 23,472 101 #6 girl name
1984 21,969 21,886 83 #8 girl name
1985 20,045 19,960 85 #11 girl name
1986 17,745 17,661 84 #12 girl name
1987 17,743 17,669 74 #13 girl name
1988 16,615 16,542 73 #16 girl name
1989 15,279 15,202 77 #19 girl name
1990 14,045 13,996 49 #20 girl name
1991 13,369 13,342 27 #20 girl name
1992 11,748 11,709 39 #24 girl name
1993 10,253 10,221 32 #30 girl name
1994 8,822 8,797 25 #31 girl name
1995 7,897 7,876 21 #35 girl name
1996 7,183 7,168 15 #42 girl name
1997 6,697 6,677 20 #44 girl name
1998 5,374 5,355 19 #59 girl name
1999 4,847 4,829 18 #64 girl name
2000 4,536 4,528 8 #71 girl name
2001 4,157 4,145 12 #74 girl name
2002 3,774 3,766 8 #80 girl name
2003 3,509 3,501 8 #96 girl name
2004 3,338 3,331 7 #99 girl name
2005 3,091 3,080 11
2006 2,896 2,891 5
2007 2,506 2,500 6
2008 2,522 2,515 7
2009 2,333 2,333 0
2010 1,946 1,946 0
2011 1,705 1,705 0
2012 1,768 1,768 0
2013 1,587 1,587 0
2014 1,496 1,496 0

Want to know about the populiarty of Melissa? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 751,940 babies born with the name Melissa in the United States. That's more than enough Melissas to occupy the country of Equatorial Guinea with an estimated population of 740,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 33 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Melissa" was in 1979 with a total of 34,049 babies. (That's a lot of baby Melissas)

According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Melissa" ranks #86 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 101 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1997. Across the entire United States a total of 6,697 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Melissa popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Melissa in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Melissa" mean? The list below shows the origins of Melissa as well as things modernly associated with the name Melissa such as celebrities named Melissa.

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Melissa

The name "Melissa" is of Greek origin, and it means "Bee". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart is an actress, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1985 to present. Melissa was born in 1976 in Smithtown, New York, U.S.

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Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1990 to present. Missy was born in 1971 as Melissa Arnette Elliott in Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.

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Melissa Rivers

Melissa Rivers is a television host, producer, actress, and equestrienne with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1983 to present. Melissa was born in 1969 as Melissa Warburg Rosenberg in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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Melissa Satta

Melissa Satta is a communications expert and television presenter with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Melissa was born in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert is an actress, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1967 to present. Melissa was born in 1964 as Melissa Ellen Gilbert in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym is an actress and model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Missy was born in 1982 as Melissa Peregrym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Alternative Meanings

M is for melody, the song of life.

E is for enrich, a quality you share.

L is for listen, one of your best traits.

I is for ignite, the fire in you!

S is for strength, there when needed.

S is for sweetheart, you really are!

A is for absolute, for you know your mind.

Your name in reverse order is "Assilem". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Smelais". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Melissa born Apr 10, 2004

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern Africa approximately on 1275. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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