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Origin: France
Region Origin: Western Europe

Melanie is a feminine given name derived from the Greek μελανία (melania), which means "blackness," and μέλας (melas), meaning "dark". The name has its roots in two Roman saints, Melania the Elder and her granddaughter Melania the Younger, who both bore the Latin form of the name. The name was later introduced to England by the Normans in its French form, Melanie. The meaning of the name Melanie is associated with "black" or "dark". It is a popular name with various forms, such as the Latin Melania and the French Mélanie. The name gained popularity in English usage in the 1930s due to the novel "Gone with the Wind," in which one of the main characters was named Melanie Hamilton. The name's popularity increased until the 1970s and has remained constant since then.

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