Melissa is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who helped nurse the infant Zeus along with Amalthea, when he was hidden from his father Cronus. She fed him honey and was also credited with the art of bee-keeping.
Melissa is also the name of a 3rd century BC Pythagorean philosopher and mathematician although very little is known of her life- actually, nothing at all.
Melissa is also the name of a good sorceress in the Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso and features in the Matter of France (a body of medieval literature and legendary material associated with France, especially involving Charlemagne).
Melissa is the name of a genus of plants which also includes the lemon balm.
The name means “bee” or “honeybee” via Ancient Greek mélissa μέλισσᾰ (bee; honey) which derives from PIE *mélit (honey) and *leyǵʰ- (to lick).
Meaning: “bee, honeybee”
Usage: Ancient Greek, English, French
Nicknames:Mel, Lissa, Lissy, Melly/Melli, Missy
- Melyssa (English)
- Melisa (English, Spanish, Bosnian, Turkish)
- Melitta (Ancient Attic Greek)
- Melita (Latinized Ancient Greek)
- Melite (Ancient Greek)
- Melisa (Turkish)
- Melis (Turkish)
- Melika (Hawaiian)
- Mélissa (French)
- Melissza (Hungarian)
- Melissos (Ancient Greek)
- Melissus (Ancient Greek)
- Melisseus (Ancient Greek)