Melanie: baby girl name meaning and popularity


From the French form of the Latin name Melania, this name means “dark,” and became common in the U.S. after a main character in Gone with the Wind had this name in the 1930s. It gained some more traction when the Spice Girls asked us what we want, what we really really want back in the 90s.


Mel, Melly, Lanie, Mimi.

Famous people named Melanie:

Fictional Melanie Hamilton from GWTW; Spice Girls group singers Melanie Brown (Mel B) and Melanie Chisholm (Mel C); actress Melanie Griffith.

Fun fact:

Melanie was the name of a Roman saint who gave all her wealth to charity in the 5th century.

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