Beowulf is the name of eponymous hero of the Old English epic poem Beowulf, set in Scandinavia. He fights against the monster Grendel and wins, and later becomes a king of the Geats (a North Germanic tribe living in what is now Southern Sweden), later dying from a fatal found fighting against a dragon. The name comes from Old English beo (bee) and wulf (wolf) meaning “bee wolf”.
Origin: Old English
Melissa comes from Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee”. 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.
- Melyssa (English)
- Melisa (English, Spanish, Bosnian)
- Melitta (Ancient Attic Greek)
- Melisa (Turkish)
- Melis (Turkish)
- Melika (Hawaiian)
- Melissos (Ancient Greek)
- Melissus (Ancient Greek)
- Melisseus (Ancient Greek)