As a Melissa, responsibility is the hallmark of your life. Others always know they can count on you, and once you give your commitment to do something, there is no question that it will get done. You will work with diligence and certainty to achieve the results you believe to be right. You have always been mature for your age, and even when you were young, you enjoyed the company of people older than you and activities that older people generally enjoy. You have a quick mind and good business judgment, and others enjoy being around you!
One of the ways that your responsible nature most shows itself is in the importance of home and family in your life. You enjoy the settled, secure feeling of being at home with friends and family in a safe and comfortable environment. Of course, you take responsibility for making your home feel that way, making you are an able homemaker, organizer, and parent. You have confidence to make decisions on your own and develop your own opinions. One of the things you need to be careful about is taking on too much responsibility, which can be tough on you both mentally and physically. But all in all, you are a dependable, friendly, responsible person whom others love to be with!
The name Melissa is actually a Greek word which means “honey bee.” In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who protected the baby Zeus from his father Cronus, who wanted to kill him. Melissa was also the name of fairy in the extremely popular Italian epic poem “Orlando Furioso” by Ludovico Ariosto in the early 16th century. The name Melissa as a female first name has been used in England since the 17th century, likely adopted as a result of the poem.
All the way back as far as the turn of the 20th century, Melissa was used in the United States with low- to mid-level popularity. During the 1920s, it pretty much fell from use, but it was back by the mid-1930s. In 1961, the name found its way to the Top 100 most popular girls names in the United States, and by the end of the 60s, it was in the Top 10. The peak of Melissa’s popularity was between 1977 and 1979, when it was the #2 most popular name for girls born in the United States.
A long list of celebrity Melissas includes: musician Melissa Etheridge, singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, TV personality Melissa Rivers (daughter of Joan), and well-known actresses Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson, Melissa Joan Hart, Melissa Archer, and Melissa Moore.