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Melissa

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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 44 44 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 780 780 0
1950 980 980 0
1951 1,131 1,131 0
1952 1,442 1,442 0
1953 2,005 2,005 0
1954 2,059 2,059 0
1955 2,415 2,415 0
1956 2,536 2,527 9
1957 2,777 2,777 0
1958 3,340 3,329 11
1959 3,640 3,629 11
1960 4,424 4,415 9
1961 4,911 4,902 9 #95 girl name
1962 6,321 6,311 10 #68 girl name
1963 7,344 7,319 25 #61 girl name
1964 8,335 8,317 18 #53 girl name
1965 10,595 10,569 26 #38 girl name
1966 14,290 14,253 37 #22 girl name
1967 18,420 18,377 43 #9 girl name
1968 21,792 21,731 61 #5 girl name
1969 23,094 23,025 69 #5 girl name
1970 23,812 23,742 70 #7 girl name
1971 23,947 23,872 75 #7 girl name
1972 22,582 22,498 84 #7 girl name
1973 22,563 22,485 78 #6 girl name
1974 22,254 22,168 86 #7 girl name
1975 24,258 24,166 92 #4 girl name
1976 25,181 25,093 88 #3 girl name
1977 26,978 26,886 92 #2 girl name
1978 28,432 28,331 101 #2 girl name
1979 34,179 34,050 129 #2 girl name
1980 31,770 31,632 138 #4 girl name
1981 28,104 28,007 97 #5 girl name
1982 25,969 25,860 109 #5 girl name
1983 23,574 23,473 101 #6 girl name
1984 21,972 21,889 83 #8 girl name
1985 20,042 19,957 85 #11 girl name
1986 17,744 17,660 84 #12 girl name
1987 17,746 17,672 74 #13 girl name
1988 16,617 16,544 73 #16 girl name
1989 15,279 15,202 77 #19 girl name
1990 14,046 13,997 49 #20 girl name
1991 13,369 13,342 27 #20 girl name
1992 11,749 11,710 39 #24 girl name
1993 10,254 10,222 32 #30 girl name
1994 8,822 8,797 25 #31 girl name
1995 7,898 7,877 21 #35 girl name
1996 7,184 7,169 15 #42 girl name
1997 6,698 6,678 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 4,156 4,144 12 #74 girl name
2002 3,774 3,766 8 #80 girl name
2003 3,509 3,501 8 #96 girl name
2004 3,340 3,333 7 #98 girl name
2005 3,092 3,081 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 1,947 1,947 0
2011 1,705 1,705 0
2012 1,770 1,770 0
2013 1,590 1,590 0
2014 1,503 1,503 0
2015 1,278 1,273 5

Fun Facts about the name Melissa

  • How many people with the first name Melissa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 753,251 babies born with the first name Melissa in the United States. That's more than enough people named Melissa to occupy the country of Equatorial Guinea with an estimated population of 740,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Melissa? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 33 new born babies.
  • When was Melissa first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Melissa is Friday, January 29th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Melissa born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melissa was in 1979 with a total of 34,050 babies. That's a lot of babies named Melissa!
  • Random Melissa Factoid: According to the 1989 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melissa ranks 20th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 63 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1989.
  • Weird things about the name Melissa: Your name in reverse order is Assilem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Smleisa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Melissa? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 125 people with the last name Melissa.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Melissa? Melissa is one of the most unique last names recorded.

Where is the name Melissa popular?

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Popularity of Melissa as a first name

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Common last names for Melissa

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • White
  • Lewis
  • Hall
  • Allen
  • King
  • Thomas
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Melissa U.S.
  White 74.40% 64.26%
  African American 8.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 12.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Melissa

People with the last name Melissa are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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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.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Me*lis"sa
A genus of labiate herbs, including the balm, or bee balm (Melissa officinalis).

Etymology: NL., fr. Gr. me`lissa a bee, honey

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A genus of Old World mints of the family Labiatae
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek μέλισσα (mélissa, “bee, honey, honeybee”)

  • In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maoilíosa "servant of Jesus".
  1. (Greek mythology) Bee-nymph in Greek mythology.
  2. A female given name. Popular in the latter half of the 20th century.

Melissa was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Melissa

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She was most prominent from 1997 to present. Melissa was born on August 26th, 1970 in Plainfield, Illinois, United States.

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Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Melissa was given the name Melissa Marie Benoist on October 4th, 1988 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Melissa was given the name Melissa Ivy Rauch on June 23rd, 1980 in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, U.S.

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Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott is a hip hop music and contemporary r&b singer, r, rapping, songwriter, dance, and record producer. She plays Vocals. She has had major accomplishments since 1991. Missy was given the name Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1st, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S. Missy is also known as Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott.

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Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart is an actress, director, producer, singer, fashion designer, and businesswoman. She was most prominent from 1983 to present. Melissa was born on April 18th, 1976 in Smithtown, New York, United States.

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Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert is an actress, director, producer, and actor. Melissa was born on May 8th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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  • Melissa Leo
    (actress)
  • Melissa McBride
    (actress)
  • Melissa George
    (actress)
  • Missy Peregrym
    (actress)
  • Melissa Sue Anderson
    (actress)
  • Melissa Etheridge
    (musician)
  • Melissa O'Neil
    (singer)
  • Melissa Auf der Maur
    (musician)
  • Melissa Francis
    (television journalist)
  • Melissa Peterman
    (actress)
  • Melissa Manchester
    (musician)
  • Melissa Satta
    (famed person)
  • Melissa Ponzio
    (actress)
  • Missy Higgins
    (singer-songwriter)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Melissa

Cheerleader Melissa

Cheerleader Melissa is a wrestler. Cheerleader was born on August 17th, 1982 in Los Angeles.

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Melissa

Melissa is an arabic pop music and world music musician. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Melissa was given the name Myriam Shehab on February 9th, 1982 in Baraachit, Lebanon. Melissa is also known as ميليسا (Arabic).

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Hart Melissa

Hart Melissa is an important somebody.

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What Melissa's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Melissa mean?

Mis for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

Eis for excellence, your passion, your drive.

Lis for love, everlasting.

Iis for intriguing, arousing the curiosity of others

Sis for superb, a great attitude about life.

Sis for serene, your calm time.

Ais for accord, the harmony you spread.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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