Origin:Greek
Popularity:266
Meaning:black or dark-skinned
Melanie peaked in the 1970s, when names like Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Michelle and Kimberly also ruled the school. Today those are mom names on the playground, but Melanie (somtimes shortened to Mel) has been a steady presence as a baby name too. her sisters Melany and Meilani are in the top 1,000. Maybe it’s the upturned ending that sounds like –ee in the last syllable. Or maybe things that were once in fashion—like bell bottoms and disco glam—can come around again.

Famous Melanies

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  • Melanie Martinez
    Singer

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Source: Social Security Administration

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