Beowulf

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

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.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Melyssa (English)
  • Melisa (English, Spanish, Bosnian)
  • Melitta (Ancient Attic Greek)
  • Melisa (Turkish)
  • Melis (Turkish)
  • Melika (Hawaiian)

 

Male forms:

  • Melissos (Ancient Greek)
  • Melissus (Ancient Greek)
  • Melisseus (Ancient Greek)