Melody

First Name
92k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
855
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Melody

"Melody" is a name of English origin, and it means "Song Tune". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mel"o*dy
Senses
  1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds."Lulled with sound of sweetest melody." [Shak.]
  2. [Mus] A rhythmical succession of single tones, ranging for the most part within a given key, and so related together as to form a musical whole, having the unity of what is technically called a musical thought, at once pleasing to the ear and characteristic in expression.
  3. The air or tune of a musical piece.
    synonyms: See Harmony.

Note: Melody consists in a succession of single tones; harmony is a consonance or agreement of tones, also a succession of consonant musical combinations or chords.

Etymology: OE. melodie, F. mélodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. � a singing, choral song, fr. � musical, melodious; me`los song, tune + � song. See Ode

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes
  2. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
Wiktionary

From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Melody

Melody Gardot is a jazz, acoustic music, and blues singer-songwriter and musician. She plays Piano, Acoustic guitar, and Vocals. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Melody was born on February 2nd, 1985 in New Jersey.

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Melody Thornton is a hip hop music, contemporary r&b, and soul music musician. Melody was born on September 28th, 1984. Melody is also known as Mel, Baby Doll, and Melody.

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Melody Anderson is an actor, social work, public speaking, actress, social worker, and public speaker. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to 1995. Melody was born on December 3rd, 1955 in Edmonton.

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Melody Thomas Scott is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1963. Melody was given the name Melody Ann Thomas on April 18th, 1956.

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Melody Patterson was an actress and singer. Her career lasted from 1965 to 1989. Melody was born on April 16th, 1949 in Inglewood, California, U.S. She passed away on August 20th, 2015.

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Melody Kay is an actor and film actress. Melody was born in 1981 in Michigan.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Melody

Melody is a j-pop singing and presenter. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 2003 to 2008. Melody was given the name Miyuki Ishikawa on February 24th, 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Melody is also known as Melody Ishihara and Melody Ishihara (石原 メロディー).

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Melleny Melody is a singing, songwriter, artist, record producer, video production, voice acting, singer, music producer, video producer, and voice actress. She has been prominent since 1978. Melleny was given the name Melleny Brown on May 12th, 1969 in Toronto.

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Tony Melody was an actor. His career lasted from 1955 to 2005. Tony was given the name Anthony John Melody on December 18th, 1922 in London, England. He died on June 26th, 2008.

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Lord Melody was a calypsonian. His career lasted from 1940 to 1940. Lord was given the name Fitzroy Alexander in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. He breathed his last breath on September 26th, 1988.

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Singing Melody is a reggae, rhythm, and blues musician. His ongoing career started in 1988. Singing was born on November 23rd, 1967 in Kingston, Jamaica. Singing is also known as Singin Melody.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1914 7 7 0
1920 5 5 0
1922 5 5 0
1924 7 7 0
1925 6 6 0
1926 9 9 0
1929 10 10 0
1930 17 17 0
1931 10 10 0
1932 11 11 0
1933 13 13 0
1934 16 16 0
1935 15 15 0
1936 18 18 0
1937 18 18 0
1938 29 29 0
1939 22 22 0
1940 26 26 0
1941 51 51 0
1942 202 202 0
1943 195 195 0
1944 200 200 0
1945 307 307 0
1946 538 538 0
1947 759 759 0
1948 739 739 0
1949 740 740 0
1950 790 790 0
1951 889 889 0
1952 1,131 1,131 0
1953 1,294 1,294 0
1954 1,548 1,548 0
1955 1,802 1,802 0
1956 2,388 2,388 0
1957 1,995 1,990 5
1958 1,751 1,741 10
1959 1,951 1,951 0
1960 2,762 2,757 5
1961 2,279 2,271 8
1962 2,032 2,025 7
1963 2,093 2,093 0
1964 1,902 1,897 5
1965 1,673 1,664 9
1966 1,712 1,707 5
1967 1,529 1,529 0
1968 1,280 1,280 0
1969 1,257 1,248 9
1970 1,183 1,177 6
1971 1,203 1,203 0
1972 1,127 1,122 5
1973 1,130 1,123 7
1974 1,205 1,198 7
1975 1,198 1,198 0
1976 1,223 1,215 8
1977 1,371 1,371 0
1978 1,336 1,331 5
1979 1,370 1,365 5
1980 1,322 1,317 5
1981 1,185 1,176 9
1982 1,119 1,114 5
1983 1,115 1,107 8
1984 1,096 1,088 8
1985 967 967 0
1986 943 935 8
1987 911 905 6
1988 883 883 0
1989 891 882 9
1990 865 865 0
1991 850 850 0
1992 906 906 0
1993 731 731 0
1994 730 730 0
1995 708 708 0
1996 664 664 0
1997 736 736 0
1998 708 708 0
1999 627 627 0
2000 720 720 0
2001 1,079 1,079 0
2002 1,045 1,045 0
2003 1,022 1,022 0
2004 1,018 1,018 0
2005 1,037 1,037 0
2006 1,105 1,105 0
2007 1,143 1,143 0
2008 1,216 1,216 0
2009 1,448 1,448 0
2010 1,570 1,570 0
2011 1,557 1,557 0
2012 1,781 1,781 0
2013 1,857 1,857 0
2014 2,058 2,058 0
2015 2,173 2,173 0
2016 2,128 2,128 0

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Popularity of Melody as a first name

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Popularity of Melody as a last name

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Common last names for Melody

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Common first names for Melody

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Melody U.S.
  White 92.63% 64.26%
  African American 1.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Melody

People with the last name Melody are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Melody

  • How Popular is the name Melody? Melody is the 674th most popular name of all time. As a last name Melody was the 28,023rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Melody have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 92,293 babies born with the first name Melody in the United States. That's more than enough people named Melody to occupy the country of Seychelles with an estimated population of 90,945 (as of August 26, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Melody? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Melody first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Melody is Tuesday, January 1st, 1895.
  • What year had the most people named Melody born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melody was in 1960 with a total of 2,757 babies. That's a lot of babies named Melody!
  • Random Melody Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melody ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 18 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Melody: Your name in reverse order is Ydolem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mdlyeo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Melody? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 855 people with the last name Melody.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Melody? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Melody as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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.