There’s a great story with this name: the word Melissa originates from a mythological Greek nymph who fed honey to the infant god Zeus and was later transformed into a bee (cool, right?). While Melissa was very popular from 1960-1980, it has been slowly, but surely slipping out of vogue in more recent years.


  • greek: Honeybee
  • latin:


Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 3

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Actress Melissa Joan Hart, Singer Melissa Ethridge, Actress Melissa McCarthy, Actress Melissa Leo, Actress Melissa Gilbert, Singer Missy Elliott

Celebrity Babies:

Daughter of Paul Newman, Daughter of Robin Gibb, Daughter of Dinah Shore, Daughter of Joan Rivers