Female, Food, Greek mythology, Honey, Insects, M names, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, Proto-Indo-European

Melissa

Melissa comes from Ancient Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee” from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick). In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him) and fed him honey.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Melyssa (English)
  • Melisa (English, Spanish, Bosnian)
  • Melitta (Ancient Attic Greek)
  • Melisa (Turkish)
  • Melis (Turkish)
  • Melika (Hawaiian)

 

Male forms:

  • Melissos (Ancient Greek)
  • Melissus (Ancient Greek)
  • Melisseus (Ancient Greek)

 

2 thoughts on “Melissa”

  1. I love Melissa! I know it was so popular in the US in the 70’s and that many people there might be sick of it or at least find it very overlooked, perhaps even dated, but to me it sounds so classy and sweet, plus I like the mythological connection very much. Recently I’ve discovered a Polish vlogger who called her daughter Melissa (it’s definitely not a popular name here, but I could see it becoming such, one day) and was absolutely in awe.

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