Origin of MelissaGr, literally , a bee ; from meli, honey: see mildew
- A plant of the Melissa genus, especially lemon balm, often used medicinally.
From Late Latin melissa, from Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÎ»Î¹ÏƒÏƒÎ± (melissa, “bee") (because the plant attracted bees).
From Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÎ»Î¹ÏƒÏƒÎ± (mÃ©lissa, “bee, honey, honeybee")
- In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name MaoilÃosa "servant of Jesus".