Missy is a female given name, originating as a diminutive of Melissa which 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. However, Missy could also be a nickname for any name beginning with M, or just a nickname for any girl in general.
Missy is also an informal word for a young miss or girl.
- Missie (English)
- Missi (English)