Pamela

Pamela was first invented by English poet Sir Philip Sidney in the 16th century. He may have based it on Greek elements pan meaning “all, whole”, the nominative singular form of pâs, and meli “honey; anything sweet”, essentially meaning “all sweetness”. Nicknames: Pam, Pammy/Pammie, Mela Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Pamelia (English) Pamella (English) Pamila (English)  

Missy

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…

Melior

Melior is a female given name, a variant form of Meliora, which could come from Latin meliora meaning “ever better” or “always better”, the neuter plural form of Latin melior meaning “better” derived from PIE root word *mel- (strong, great). It’s also possible that the name is a corruption of Breton meler meaning “honey-maker” which derives from Latin mel (honey) via PIE root *mélit (honey). Melior…

Melora

Melora is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning though there are several possible theories to its origin: it could be a variant of Meliora, itself a plural form of melior, a Latin word meaning “better” which derives from PIE root word *mel- (strong, better); Melora may also be related to Latin mel or Ancient Greek méli, both meaning “honey”…

Malta

Malta is the name of a European country in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the name of the largest island in the Maltese Archipelago. The origin of the name is uncertain; its Latin name is Melita which is similar to Ancient Greek meli meaning “honey” via a PIE root word. It may also be derived from a…

Laney

Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with…

Melitta

Melitta is the Ancient Attic Greek form 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)…

Melrose

Melrose comes from an English surname derived from a place name in Scotland meaning “barren moor” or “barren heath” from Welsh moel (bare, barren; bald) from Proto-Celtic *maylos; and rhos (moor, heath), though the second element may also be derived from Old Irish ros meaning “promontory”. However, Melrose as a given name could also be a combination of Mel, either a short…

Yara

Yara is a female name with multiple origins and meanings: Yara is a Persian female name meaning “courage, strength, power” from Persian yâvar (strength, power), a cognate of Avestan zāvar (strength, power); it’s also a Turkish word meaning “wound”; it’s a Hebrew female name meaning “honeycomb” or “honeysuckle” though it may also be related to Hebrew ya’ar יַעַר meaning “forest, woods, woodland”;…