Melinda

Melinda is a female given name, an elaborated form of names such as Melanie (which comes from Latin Melania derived from Ancient Greek melas meaning “black, dark”) or 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) combined with the suffix -inda.

It’s also possible that Melinda could be a combination of Melissa or Melanie, or from the Greek element méli (honey), combined with Lindaoriginally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Malinda (English)

 

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