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Melissa

Origin: Netherlands
gender-female
Region Origin: Western Europe

Melissa is a female given name of Greek origin, meaning "bee" or "honeybee". The name has its roots in Greek mythology and folklore, where Melissa was a supernatural woman who took care of the infant Zeus. In ancient Greek mythology, Melissa was born to a Cretan king named Melisseus and was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey. The name Melissa has been used in the US since the 18th century and was especially popular in the late 1970s. The spiritual meaning of the name Melissa is associated with love, nurturing, diplomacy, truth-holding, and caretaking. People with this name are often seen as stable, mature, responsible, and caring, with a strong sense of confidence and trustworthiness.

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