Origin: Greek

Meaning: “bee, honey”

Best Nicknames:
Liss, Lissa, Lissie, Mel, Mellie, Melly, Missie, Missy

Variations and Sound Alikes:
Malissa, Mallissa, Melesa, Melessa, Melisa, Melisande,
Melise, Melisanda, Melisha, Melisse, Meliza, Mellisa

Melissa TV and Movie Quotes:
“Let’s start with grades. This isn’t what we expected
of you, Melissa.” Speak (2004)
“Guess old Melissa found what she was looking for.”
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
“You’re not like Melissa’s usual boyfriends.”
Pretty Little Liars: Pilot (2010)

Famous people named Melissa or its variations

1. Melissa Molinaro (b. 1982), Canadian singer, actress
born Melissa Ann Smith
2. Melissa Joan Catherine Hart (b. 1976), American actress
3. Melissa (b. 1982 as Myriam Shehab), Lebanese singer

Melissa Middle Names
Melissa Clare
Melissa Florencia
Melissa Natalya
Melissa Paulette
Melissa Rose

Leave a comment below.

  1. Melissa says:

    My nickname growing up was Lissa. Then one friend of mine started calling me Lissy. Ever since then everyone calls me Lissy. Now, whenever I get called Melissa I feel like I’m in trouble because my mom always called me Melissa when I’m in trouble.

  2. mel mel says:

    mel mel for the win

  3. Melissa says:

    My mom has always called me MelBert, Bert, Bertie or Bertha. My grandma has always called me Missy Pooh from day 1 (which I hate) and I’m 44 yr old, but she’s my grandma and is the only one allowed to call me that LOL.. My aunt calls me MelBy.
    In-laws, nieces or nephews have called me. Lissa, Lisser Rissa, Wissa, Aunt MoLissa. But I just go by Mel. No one calls me Melissa anymore, unless I work, and when i hear it, just sounds weird now!

  4. Melissa says:

    Yo my friends call me Mel but mellie? ew.

  5. Melissa says:


  6. Melissa says:

    My nan called lissy from the day I born, the nick name has stuck all these years, I’m now 29 :)

  7. melissa says:

    the majority of my family would always call me mel and then my mom called me meli (melly? we spell it meli) or melibelle, my friends would call me millie and some honorable mentions are Malisha, mayee, melster, meluquinas, and meliss

  8. Melissa López says:

    Well, I remember pretty well that my parents called me Meli all the time. They still do it, thou. A teacher called Mellie once; a close friend of mine called me Melis. A girl I know calls me Mel. However, I prefer be called either Meli or Melis.

  9. Melissa “Mitzi” G. says:

    My name is Melissa. I go by Mitzi. I read in the book, “KiKi Strike: Inside the Shadow City” by Kirsten Miller, a minor character named Melissa that goes by Mitzi. I read this book the summer before switching schools for the first time. I wanted a fresh start so I went by Mitzi.
    Growing up my nicknames were Lissa, Liss, Meliss, Mel, Melbell, Lisser, Lisa, Melly, Missy, Misty, Melanie, Melody, Melisa, Elsa, SaSa, Elissa, LiLi, and MeMe.

    • Melissa says:

      Same with me. My middle name is Marie.
      I was named after an Allman Brother’s song.

    • Melissa Ruch says:

      I have always been called Missy…short for Melissa. I’m a scientist, though- Microbiology. Something interesting I’ve learned in my profession is that a Genus of bacteria was described called “Melissacoccus,” extracted from the gut of a honey bee. As you’re probably aware, Melissa has Greek origins and means honey bee. I’m a total geek and had a t-shirt made that says “Melissacoccus sp.” with an image of a honey bee on the front, and also has the entire 16S gene sequence on the back.

  10. Melissa says:

    My nickname was Sissy growing up. A spin-off of Missy from my sisters and cousins. Also Missy, Mel, Melis, Melick….

    • Melissa_mel💕 says:

      My boyfriend, the only thing he calls me is Mel. He won’t call me Melissa. There is another girl in my class also called Melissa. When people talk about me and Melissa , they’re like “ Mel did ….. “ if they were talking about me . If they were talking bout Melissa they would say “ Melissa didn….” . So , my bf has started a trend of calling me Mel. So now that’s my name 😄

  11. Harley says:

    We call my sister Millie for short

  12. Melissa says:

    I got my nickname Missa from my when my nephew who was 3 at the time because he couldnt say Melissa. My nickname has stuck for over 20 years and everyone around me uses my nickname and rarely ever calls me by Melissa anymore…

  13. Melissa Moir says:

    What is my nickname?

  14. Faith says:

    My sister has her name spelled Malyssa. We call her Lyssa, Lyss, Mel, Lissy

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