This article is about the name Melinda. For the genus of flies, see Melinda (fly)
The modern name Melinda is a combination of "Mel" with the suffix "-inda". "Mel" can be derived from names such as Melanie meaning "dark, black" in Greek, or from Melissa meaning "honeysuckle" in Greek. It is also associated with the Greek word meli, meaning "honey", and with Linda, meaning "gentle, soft, tender" in the Germanic languages.
The typical English pronunciation of Melinda is /məˈlɪndə/. In Romanian, the stress is also on the second syllable: [meˈlinda]. In Hungarian however, the stress is on the first syllable.
Usage and popularity
The name Melinda is used in English, Romanian and Hungarian. In the United States, its popularity peaked in 1973 at No. 72. In 1990 it was in the top 1000 names in the US, and in 2002 it was in the top 100 names in Hungary. Since its peak the popularity of the name Melinda has been gradually declining in the United States, to last be seen on the top 1000 list in 2002 at No. 932. Variations in spelling include Melynda, Melyndah, Malinda, and Milinda.
József Katona Hungarian playwright and poet, used the name Melinda first in 1815 in his legendary historical tragedy: Bánk bán.
In Hungary, December 2 is Melinda Day.
The name Melinda in popular culture
In film and television
- "Sweet Melinda, the peasants call her the Goddess of Gloom" - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Bob Dylan, 1965
- Melinda, one of the two main characters in the story of Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth's 1999 concept album Still Life, which includes the song "Face of Melinda"
- Melinda Doolittle, an American Idol Season 6 contestant
- "Sweet Dreams, Melinda" by Trey Anastasio on the album Shine
- "Sweet Melinda" by John Denver on the album John Denver
- "Come Away Melinda", written by Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff, and recorded by Harry Belafonte (on the album Streets I Have Walked), Judy Collins (Judy Collins 3), Theodore Bikel (A Folksinger's Choice), Tim Rose (Tim Rose), Bobbie Gentry (Local Gentry), Uriah Heep (Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble), Velvett Fogg (Velvett Fogg), UFO (UFO 1), Kenny Rankin (Mind-Dusters), and The Big 3 (Live at the Recording Studio).
- "Me and My Melinda" by Kay Kyser
- "Remember Melinda" by TQ on the album They Never Saw Me Coming
- "Melinda was mine..." from Solitary Man by Neil Diamond
- "Face Of Melinda" by Mikael Åkerfeldt, from Opeth's album Still Life
- "Melinda" by Curved Air appears on the album Retrospective
- "Melinda" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers