MELBA: Greek for "slender" or "soft" and Latin for "mallow flower." The mallow flower is associated with the month of September. Melba is also a variation of Melvina and Melbourne. Relatives: Melva, Malva. Namesakes: Melba Moore, Nellie Melba.
MELINA: From the Latin for "yellow songbird." Relative: Melianthe. Namesake: Melina Mercouri.
MELINDA: From the Greek for "gentle one." A change from the more well-known Melissa and Melanie. Relatives: Malinda, Malina, Malinde, Malena, Melina, Minda, Mindy, Mallie, Mally, Linda, Lindy. Namesake: Melinda Dillon.
MELISSA: Greek for "bee" or "honey." This beautiful name deserves its continuing popularity. Relatives: Melicent, Millicent, Melisent, Melita, Melisse, Meli, Mellie, Melly, Mel, Millie, Milly, Missy, Lisa, Lissa, Lis. Namesakes: Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Manchester.
MELODY: From the Greek for "song." Of all the musical names, this is the most tuneful. Relatives: Melodie, Melly, Mellie.
MELVILLE: Anglo, Saxon for "hillside," Old English for "town by the mill." Doesn't this sound classier than Melvin? * Relatives: Mel. Namesakes: Melville Fuller, Herman Melville
MELVIN: Celtic for "chief." Relatives: Malvin, Melvyn, Mel, Mal. Namesakes: Mel Gibson, Mel Brooks, Mel Blanc, Melvyn Douglas.
MENDEL: Hebrew for "wisdom" and Middle English for "repairer." Relatives: Mel, Mendelssohn, Menachem, Menahem. Namesakes: L. Mendel Rivers, Menachem Begin, Felix Mendelssohn.
MERCEDES: Spanish for the liturgical Maria de la Mercedes (Mary of Mercies) and Latin for "ransom." Mr. Daimler named his line of luxury automobiles for his daughter. Relatives: Mercia, Mercy. Namesake: Mercedes McCambridge.