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Meaning of Melanie

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The name Melanie has the following meaning:

Black or dark-skinned beauty.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Melanie is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 98 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Melanie fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 8 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 93 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Melanie in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Melanie is pronounced as mel-uh-nee


Melanie originates from the Greek language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Melanie and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Melanie: Boys - Ambrose, Basil, Cyril, Girls - Agatha, Charis, Charissa, Cleta, Daphne, Eulalia, Exie, Lexus, Mallie, Melina, Melody, Narella, Niobe, Salina, Both genders - Barbara, Lois, Margaret


Popular Variants for the name Melanie: Malaney, Malania, Malanie, Meilani, Meilin, Melaina, Melanee, Melaniu (French), Melany (English), Melayne, Melli, Mellie, Melloney, Milena (Spanish)


Common nicknames for the name Melanie are: Mel, Melly


We think the name Melanie should fall under the following style category: French.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Melanie to be: Smart, sweet and shy

In one word, you might describe Melanie as a(n) "smart" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Melanie (or its variants) are:

Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk, born on 3 February, a famous singer. Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk's background: An American singer-songwriter. Usually known professionally simply as Melanie, she is best known for her hits, 'Brand New Key', 'Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)' and 'What Have They Done To My Song, Ma?'. Melanie has sold over 25 million records over the course of her career.

Melanie Phillips, born on 4 June, a famous columnist. Melanie Phillips's background: A British columnist and author. Her articles appear mainly in the Daily Mail newspaper and focus on political and social issues. She has previously written for The Guardian and other publications. Phillips is a regular panelist on the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Moral Maze and on BBC One's Question Time.

Melanie Klein, born on 30 March , a famous psychoanalyst. Melanie Klein's background: An Austrian-born British psychoanalyst who devised novel therapeutic techniques for children that had a significant impact on child psychology and contemporary psychoanalysis. Klein was the first person to use traditional psychoanalysis with young children. She was innovative in both her techniques (such as working with children using toys) and her theories in infant development. Strongly opinionated, and demanding loyalty from her followers, Klein established a highly influential training progam in psychoanalysis. She is considered one of the cofounders of object relations theory.
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