Melissa

First Name
754k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
125
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Melissa

"Melissa" is a name 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 Named Melissa

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

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Melissa

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

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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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How popular is the baby 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 44 44 0
1928 43 43 0
1929 42 42 0
1930 57 57 0
1931 43 43 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 154 154 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 2,060 2,060 0
1955 2,415 2,415 0
1956 2,536 2,527 9
1957 2,775 2,775 0
1958 3,341 3,330 11
1959 3,638 3,627 11
1960 4,425 4,416 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 8,334 8,316 18 #53 girl name
1965 10,595 10,569 26 #38 girl name
1966 14,289 14,252 37 #22 girl name
1967 18,422 18,379 43 #9 girl name
1968 21,789 21,728 61 #5 girl name
1969 23,091 23,022 69 #5 girl name
1970 23,812 23,742 70 #7 girl name
1971 23,947 23,872 75 #7 girl name
1972 22,583 22,499 84 #7 girl name
1973 22,558 22,480 78 #6 girl name
1974 22,253 22,167 86 #7 girl name
1975 24,258 24,166 92 #4 girl name
1976 25,180 25,092 88 #3 girl name
1977 26,979 26,887 92 #2 girl name
1978 28,433 28,332 101 #2 girl name
1979 34,180 34,051 129 #2 girl name
1980 31,772 31,634 138 #4 girl name
1981 28,100 28,003 97 #5 girl name
1982 25,972 25,863 109 #5 girl name
1983 23,574 23,473 101 #6 girl name
1984 21,971 21,888 83 #8 girl name
1985 20,041 19,956 85 #11 girl name
1986 17,746 17,662 84 #12 girl name
1987 17,746 17,672 74 #13 girl name
1988 16,618 16,545 73 #16 girl name
1989 15,281 15,204 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 4,848 4,830 18 #64 girl name
2000 4,537 4,529 8 #71 girl name
2001 4,156 4,144 12 #74 girl name
2002 3,773 3,765 8 #80 girl name
2003 3,509 3,501 8 #96 girl name
2004 3,341 3,334 7 #98 girl name
2005 3,094 3,083 11
2006 2,896 2,891 5
2007 2,507 2,501 6
2008 2,522 2,515 7
2009 2,333 2,333 0
2010 1,948 1,948 0
2011 1,706 1,706 0
2012 1,771 1,771 0
2013 1,591 1,591 0
2014 1,505 1,505 0
2015 1,281 1,276 5
2016 1,228 1,228 0

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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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Fun Facts about the name Melissa

  • What name lists does Melissa rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Melissa? Melissa is the 69th most popular name of all time. As a last name Melissa was the 134,712th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Melissa have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 754,486 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 34,051 babies. That's a lot of babies named Melissa!
  • Random Melissa Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melissa ranks 24th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 188 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1994.
  • 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 Salmsei. 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.

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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.