Melissa n : a genus of Old World mints of the family Labiatae [syn: genus Melissa]
EtymologyFrom the μέλισσα (mélissa), meaning "bee", "honey", "honeybee".
- In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maolíosa "servant of Jesus".
- Rhymes: -ɪsə
female given name
- Danish: Melissa
- French: Mélissa
- German: Melissa
- Swedish: Melissa
In 2006, Melissa was the 117th most popular name in the United States dropping steadily from 2nd in 1977. It was in the top 10 most popular names for girls from 1967 to 1984
In Greek mythologyIn Greek mythology Melissa is the name of one of the nymphs who helped save Zeus from his father, Cronus. She hid him in the hills and fed him milk from Amalthea and honey. When Cronus discovered this, he turned her into a worm. After Zeus came into power, he changed her into a queen bee, not being able to change her from an insect form.
Melissa in German: Melissa
Melissa in Modern Greek (1453-): Μέλισσα (μυθολογία)
Melissa in French: Melissa
Melissa in Italian: Melissa (nome)
Melissa in Dutch: Melissa (voornaam)
Melissa in Polish: Melisa (imię)
Melissa in Romanian: Melissa
Melissa in Swedish: Melissa (namn)