Melissa - Meaning of Melissa
The name Melissa is used to a great extent; it has 70 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. English variant transcriptions include Lindi, Lynda, Malessa, Malina, Malinda, Malinde, Mallie, Mallissa, Mally, Malyssa, Melesa, Melessa, Meleta, Melicent, Melici, Melina, Melinda, Melise, Melisenda, Melisent, Melisha, Melisia, Melissah, Melisse, Melissia, Melita, Melitta (used in German as well), Meliza, Melli, and Mellicent. Other English forms include the contracted forms Lissa, Mel (used in Portuguese as well), Meli (used in Greek as well), and Missie, the diminutive forms Lissy, Miss, Missy, Tiss, and Tissa, and the spelling variants Malisa, Malissa, Melisa (used in German, Indonesian, and Polish as well), Mellisa, Mellissa, and Milissa.
Variation transcriptions of Melissa used in other languages include Melaida (Spanish), Melika (Hawaiian), Melis (German), Melisande (French), Mélissa (French), and Misha (Russian). The diminutive form Misa (Czech) is another foreign variant.
See also the related form, Sharissa (English).
Melissa is popular as a baby name for girls. The name's popularity grew from the 1930s up to the 1970s. At the height of its usage in 1979, 1.977% of baby girls were named Melissa. Its ranking then was #2. The baby name has since markedly dropped in popularity. In 2018, it ranked at #297 with a usage of only 0.060%, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all girl names in its group. Melissa was twice as popular as the subsequent ranked name, Melina, in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Melissa include Malissa, Macaela, Macayla, Machaela, Machella, Magola, Mahalah, Mahalya, Mahola, Maholah, Maholla, Mahollah, Makaela, Makyla, Malachey, Malachie, Malaeka, Malayka, Maleaka, and Maleala.
† Pronunciation for Melissa: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Melissa:
Model Melrose Bickerstaff, born Melissa Rose Bickerstaff, February 6, 1983, West Bloomfield Township, Michigan.
Singer Melissa Etheridge, born 29 May 1961, Leavenworth, Kansas.