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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mel

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  1. Short form of female given names such as Melanie, Melinda, Melissa, and Melody.
  2. Short form of the male given names Melvin and Melvyn.

Notable Persons Named Mel

Mel Gibson is an actor and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1976 to present. Mel was given the name Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson by his parent Hutton Gibson on January 3rd, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, U.S.

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Mel Brooks is a farce, parody, comedy music, satire, and sketch comedy musician. Mel was given the name Melvin James Kaminsky on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Mel B is a singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, model, television personality, and author. Mel was given the name Melanie Janine Brown on May 29th, 1975 in Harehills.

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Mel Blanc was a voice actor, actor, and voice acting. He was most prominent from 1927 to 1989. Mel was given the name Melvin Jerome Blank on May 30th, 1908. He died on July 10th, 1989.

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Mel was given the name Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyc on June 5th, 1968 in Epsom, Surrey, England.

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Mel Metcalfe is a sound engineer and audio engineer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to 2004.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mel

Melle Mel is an east coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, old-school hip hop, g-funk, and electro hop music musician. He was most prominent from 1978 to present. Melle was given the name Melvin Glover on May 15th, 1961. Melle is also known as Grandmaster Melle Mel.

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Pepe Mel is a soccer player for the Real Madrid C.F., Real Madrid C, Real Madrid Castilla, RSD Alcalá, CA Osasuna, CD Castellón, Real Betis, Granada CF, Benidorm CF, Getafe CF, Écija Balompié, and Angers SCO. Pepe was born on February 28th, 1963 in Madrid, Spain. Pepe is also known as Mel and José.

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Peter was born on November 24th, 1969 in Santa Cruz, California. Peter is also known as Condor.

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Ashantha de Mel is a cricketer. Ashantha was born on May 9th, 1959 in Colombo.

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Ronnie de Mel is a politics. He was most active from 1977 to 1988.

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Lakdasa was born on March 24th, 1902. He breathed his last breath on October 23rd, 1976.

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How popular is the baby name Mel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1902 5 0 5
1903 5 0 5
1904 7 0 7
1911 10 0 10
1912 5 0 5
1913 5 0 5
1914 10 0 10
1915 13 0 13
1916 19 6 13
1917 8 0 8
1918 16 0 16
1919 20 6 14
1920 14 0 14
1921 7 0 7
1922 19 0 19
1923 13 0 13
1924 17 5 12
1925 12 0 12
1926 25 0 25
1927 30 6 24
1928 14 0 14
1929 11 0 11
1930 18 0 18
1931 21 0 21
1932 31 0 31
1933 25 5 20
1934 45 5 40
1935 26 0 26
1936 43 0 43
1937 43 0 43
1938 66 5 61
1939 58 7 51
1940 68 0 68
1941 62 0 62
1942 80 0 80
1943 76 5 71
1944 65 6 59
1945 67 0 67
1946 86 0 86
1947 104 6 98
1948 71 0 71
1949 77 7 70
1950 67 0 67
1951 59 5 54
1952 87 9 78
1953 106 12 94
1954 89 5 84
1955 77 8 69
1956 105 12 93
1957 108 17 91
1958 132 12 120
1959 105 12 93
1960 115 17 98
1961 115 13 102
1962 96 17 79
1963 71 7 64
1964 92 9 83
1965 71 6 65
1966 63 0 63
1967 51 0 51
1968 35 0 35
1969 47 0 47
1970 36 0 36
1971 30 0 30
1972 35 0 35
1973 20 0 20
1974 27 0 27
1975 32 0 32
1976 36 5 31
1977 17 0 17
1978 22 0 22
1979 16 0 16
1980 26 0 26
1981 14 0 14
1982 19 0 19
1983 11 0 11
1984 11 0 11
1985 10 0 10
1986 9 0 9
1987 13 0 13
1988 13 0 13
1989 17 0 17
1990 16 0 16
1991 13 0 13
1992 12 0 12
1993 13 0 13
1994 12 0 12
1995 14 0 14
1996 21 0 21
1997 12 0 12
1998 11 0 11
1999 17 0 17
2000 12 0 12
2001 11 0 11
2002 33 21 12
2003 40 18 22
2004 46 30 16
2005 25 14 11
2006 30 12 18
2007 24 10 14
2008 21 8 13
2009 12 5 7
2010 16 5 11
2011 10 0 10
2012 11 6 5
2013 14 7 7
2014 11 5 6
2015 8 8 0
2016 22 10 12
2017 6 0 6

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Popularity of Mel as a first name

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Popularity of Mel as a last name

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Common last names for Mel

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mel U.S.
  White 37.74% 64.26%
  African American 8.39% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 40.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mel

People with the last name Mel are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Mel

  • How Popular is the name Mel? Mel is the 4,342nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Mel was the 64,200th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,015 babies born with the first name Mel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mel to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1902 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Mel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mel is Sunday, June 6th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Mel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mel was in 1958 with a total of 120 babies.
  • Random Mel Factoid: According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mel is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 8 babies in California have the same name as you in 1963.
  • Weird things about the name Mel: Your name in reverse order is Lem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 310 people with the last name Mel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mel as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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