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238k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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<100
in the U.S.
in 2010

Melanie

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2k Melania (Greek)
1k Melaney (Greek)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1886 8 8 0
1887 6 6 0
1889 7 7 0
1891 6 6 0
1892 8 8 0
1893 5 5 0
1894 10 10 0
1895 7 7 0
1897 7 7 0
1898 11 11 0
1899 9 9 0
1900 13 13 0
1901 6 6 0
1903 5 5 0
1904 7 7 0
1905 7 7 0
1906 8 8 0
1907 12 12 0
1908 11 11 0
1909 10 10 0
1910 8 8 0
1911 9 9 0
1912 20 20 0
1913 12 12 0
1914 8 8 0
1915 20 20 0
1916 14 14 0
1917 15 15 0
1918 22 22 0
1919 17 17 0
1920 26 26 0
1921 16 16 0
1922 18 18 0
1923 12 12 0
1924 13 13 0
1925 15 15 0
1926 20 20 0
1927 27 27 0
1928 20 20 0
1929 17 17 0
1930 13 13 0
1931 17 17 0
1932 16 16 0
1933 17 17 0
1934 9 9 0
1935 9 9 0
1936 13 13 0
1937 39 39 0
1938 53 53 0
1939 57 57 0
1940 200 200 0
1941 308 308 0
1942 388 388 0
1943 407 407 0
1944 308 308 0
1945 335 335 0
1946 410 410 0
1947 520 520 0
1948 955 955 0
1949 1,199 1,199 0
1950 1,027 1,027 0
1951 1,006 1,006 0
1952 1,349 1,349 0
1953 1,425 1,425 0
1954 1,862 1,862 0
1955 2,655 2,655 0
1956 2,699 2,692 7
1957 2,477 2,471 6
1958 2,533 2,533 0
1959 2,827 2,827 0
1960 3,669 3,662 7
1961 3,759 3,753 6
1962 4,283 4,283 0
1963 4,277 4,268 9
1964 3,956 3,941 15
1965 3,125 3,116 9
1966 3,056 3,050 6
1967 3,110 3,110 0
1968 3,658 3,645 13 #94 girl name
1969 3,931 3,925 6 #92 girl name
1970 4,344 4,331 13 #90 girl name
1971 5,152 5,141 11 #66 girl name
1972 6,319 6,295 24 #42 girl name
1973 6,098 6,079 19 #43 girl name
1974 5,502 5,483 19 #51 girl name
1975 5,382 5,368 14 #52 girl name
1976 5,258 5,240 18 #53 girl name
1977 5,387 5,370 17 #53 girl name
1978 5,013 4,997 16 #54 girl name
1979 5,046 5,022 24 #53 girl name
1980 4,864 4,843 21 #60 girl name
1981 4,485 4,473 12 #66 girl name
1982 4,266 4,252 14 #66 girl name
1983 3,569 3,551 18 #79 girl name
1984 3,536 3,515 21 #85 girl name
1985 3,148 3,130 18 #88 girl name
1986 2,979 2,972 7 #97 girl name
1987 2,752 2,744 8
1988 2,841 2,828 13 #100 girl name
1989 3,649 3,628 21 #88 girl name
1990 3,831 3,812 19 #86 girl name
1991 3,587 3,577 10 #96 girl name
1992 3,367 3,354 13 #98 girl name
1993 2,995 2,986 9
1994 2,686 2,680 6
1995 2,655 2,645 10
1996 2,672 2,664 8
1997 2,531 2,522 9
1998 2,460 2,460 0
1999 2,657 2,649 8
2000 2,980 2,967 13
2001 2,919 2,912 7
2002 3,490 3,483 7 #94 girl name
2003 3,555 3,547 8 #93 girl name
2004 3,595 3,579 16 #89 girl name
2005 3,506 3,495 11 #92 girl name
2006 4,042 4,033 9 #85 girl name
2007 4,012 3,997 15 #81 girl name
2008 3,720 3,712 8 #85 girl name
2009 3,483 3,483 0 #93 girl name
2010 3,485 3,485 0 #82 girl name
2011 3,289 3,284 5 #89 girl name
2012 3,463 3,463 0 #77 girl name
2013 3,465 3,465 0 #84 girl name
2014 3,697 3,690 7 #81 girl name
2015 3,482 3,482 0 #80 girl name

Fun Facts about the name Melanie

  • How many people with the first name Melanie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 237,663 babies born with the first name Melanie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Melanie to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Melanie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Melanie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Melanie is Thursday, February 16th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Melanie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melanie was in 1972 with a total of 6,295 babies. That's a lot of babies named Melanie!
  • Random Melanie Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melanie ranks 38th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 33 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Melanie: Your name in reverse order is Einalem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nlaeiem. How do you pronounce that?
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Common last names for Melanie

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Martin
  • Miller
  • Thompson
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Stewart
  • Young

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Greek

Origin and Meaning of Melanie

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

French Mélanie, from Latin Melania, the name of two Roman fifth century saints, from Ancient Greek μέλας (mélas, “black, dark”).

  1. A female given name.

Melanie was also found in the following language(s): Danish and German

Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1969 to present. Melanie was born in 1957 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent is an actress, model, singer, and writer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1998 to present. Mélanie was born in 1983 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France.

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Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1994 to present. Melanie was born in 1977 as Melanie Jayne Lynskey in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

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Melanie Brown

Melanie Brown is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress specializing in R&B, hip hop, pop, and dance-pop music with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1994 to present. Melanie was born in 1975 as Melanie Janine Brown in Harehills, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

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Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona is a singer-songwriter specializing in R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Melanie was born in 1983 as Melanie Fiona Hallim in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Melanie Sykes

Melanie Sykes is a television/radio presenter and model. Melanie was born in 1970 as Melanie Ann Sykes in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Melanie

Melanie Collins
Melanie Martinez
Melanie Iglesias
Melanie Kannokada
Melanie Laurent
Melanie Winiger

What does the name Melanie mean?

Mis for mighty, your inner strength.

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

Ais for approachable, constantly meeting new people

Nis for neighborly, friendly to all acquaintances

Iis for impress, for impress you will.

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

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