Alternate spellings: Melessa, Melesa, Missy, Mel, Melisa
Melissa might be a Greek word for “bee,” but your baby girl won’t sting – in fact, we bet she’ll be sweet as honey, especially with cute boyish nickname Mel or girly Missy. Melissa has been a first name for centuries and hit the charts in 1880. After dropping off for a few decades, it gained some momentum from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Despite fan favorites like Etheridge and Joan Hart, the name’s been slowly slipping since.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008