Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, the daughter of the god Oceanus, as well as the name of several figures in Greek mythology; the Meliae are a group of nymphs of the ash tree (also known as the Meliades). The name means “ash tree” from Ancient Greek, a derivative of meli (honey). Melia is also the name of a genus of flowering trees.
Melia is also the Hawaiian word for “plumeria” as well as being used as a diminutive of Amelia, a variant of Amalia meaning “work” from Germanic element amal, connoting ideas of industriousness and fertility.
Melia is also a surname. As an Irish surname it’s a variant form of Malley and O’Malley, an Anglicized form of Ó Máille meaning “descendant of the nobleman” or “descendant of the chief” from Irish mal (champion, prince) via Proto-Celtic*magalos. As an Italian surname it derives from a habitational name for someone who came from any of various places called Melia which could be derived from Italian mela meaning “apple”, perhaps in reference to apple trees in the area. It derives from Latin mālum (apple) derived from Ancient Greek mêlon (apple; fruit) which seems to be derived from a Pre-Greek origin. It also seems to be a Georgian surname derived from Georgian mela meaning “fox” derived from Proto-Kartvelian *mal- (fox).
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hawaiian, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Celtic, Pre-Greek Proto-Kartvelian