Melanie

Melanie - A unique female name



  Jan 22,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Melanie, meaning black, dark, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1920 on position #1731. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Melanie and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Melanie? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Melanie. The baby girl name Melanie was given to 3,430 baby girls in 2012, ranking #78 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 412 baby girls were given this name - making this a unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Melanie peaked in popularity 45 years ago in 1972 on position 42.



Famous with this name

Melanie Stone
Melanie Lynskey
Mélanie Laurent


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Rating: 4/5 (5 people)


Melanie is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Melanie is currently topping the baby name charts in California at position #23 - and is the least popular in Kentucky at position #445.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Melanie is where you live.


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Melanie origin and meaning

Melanie is a 7 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means black, dark. To see famous people named Melanie, pop culture references for the name Melanie and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Melanie

We've found the following names that sound similar to Melanie, sorted by popularity.

Melina / Melany / Milan / Melonie / Milena / Melony / Melani / Milana / Malina / Malena /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201278
201189
201082
200994
200885
200782
200685
200592
200489
200393
200294
2001117
2000114
1999126
1998135
1997127
1996118
1995117
1994120
1993110
199298
199196
199085
198988
1988100
1987102
198697
198588
198485
198379
198266
198166
198060
197953
197854
197753
197653
197552
197451
197343
197242
197166
197091
196992
196894
1967110
1966116
1965122
1964105
1963101
1962105
1961123
1960124
1959148
1958157
1957152
1956143
1955141
1954178
1953209
1952211
1951244
1950233
1949217
1948242
1947351
1946383
1945398
1944412
1943363
1942356
1941402
1940483
1939955
19381214
19371011
19281681
19271993
19261969
19222023
19201731

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
California23
Texas37
Nevada41
Illinois51
Florida52
Arizona54
New York63
New Jersey67
Mississippi99
Connecticut100
New Mexico103
Rhode Island103
North Carolina107
Utah120
Arkansas122
Oklahoma128
Georgia133
Massachusetts134
Virginia139
Oregon140
Washington142
Idaho144
Wisconsin146
Alabama146
Colorado147
Maryland150
Indiana165
Tennessee167
South Dakota177
Pennsylvania177
Kansas181
District of Columbia187
Michigan193
Minnesota235
Missouri247
South Carolina249
Ohio252
Iowa275
Louisiana279
Nebraska288
Kentucky445

Even more about Melanie


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Melanie a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Melanie?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1972
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Melanie
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 412
Letter count 7
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1920
2012 births +3,430

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