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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Melinda
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Melinda in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Melinda:
Records indicate that 131,410 girls in the United States have been named Melinda since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1970, when 4,225 people in the U.S. were given the name Melinda. Those people are now 46 years old.
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Comments about the name Melinda
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12 Positive Comments
"My name is Melinda and I was born in 1960. It was very uncommon at the time, and I live in Seattle and have briefly only met ONE other woman with the name Melinda. On the phone, say at an 800 number, I have been startled when they say "Hello, my name is Melinda" and then we typically laugh about it?. So I am quite pleased with my parent's choice of names. I once had a boyfriend who called me "Mel", but other than that, I have never gone by a nick name." Jan. 30, 2014:
"My name is Malinda and everyone spells it with an "e" which is not correct in my case. So I have taken to telling people my name is Malinda with an "a". I get funny looks but then they figure it out. I never knew anyone with my name until the last year or so and now I have met two women with my name and they spell it the same too. My family calls me "Minah" which I like until someone outside of the family thinks my name is minnow, as in a small fish. :-P" Nov. 25, 2013:
"My name is Melinda and growing up I absolutely hated it. My family called me Mandy. I actually went by Many up until a few years ago and now I prefer Melinda. I was the only one in my high school with that name until my senior year and then a set of twins Malinda and Balinda started there. I still have trouble getting the Mandy out of my system but more and more people are calling me Melinda now. My middle name is Elizabeth and my maiden name was Simmons so I had quite a long name to learn how to write. It is a regal name I think but I can't see anyone naming their child Melinda now because it is such an old name." Dec. 1, 2010:
"I absolutely love my name! I have never met anyone else named Melinda, and I love that! I would not want an overly popular name that everyone else has. People don't really have any difficulties with pronouncing my name. My family calls me Linda, and I like that name as well" Nov. 13, 2009:
"I'm 52 and I didn't meet anyone else with the name Melinda until I was in high school. Since then it seems like it has, understandably, become more popular. I have always loved my name because it sounds so elegant and is so rare." Dec. 31, 2007:
"Easy name to spell..has a great meaning and is a beautiful name." Nov. 16, 2006:
"My name is melinda and I love it.I never knew any Melinda's untill I grew up. Now I know at least 5 Melinda's and they are all about my age 25-30 yrs old." Oct. 26, 2006:
"I love my name because it is uncommon, and only met one other Melinda. Many times people get it wrong, and call me Melissa, Melanie, or Belinda. My family calls me Minde for short, and I like that." Sep. 18, 2006:
"Melinda is a great name and is suiable for a woman even as she gets older and is a very mature name!" May. 31, 2006:
"Hey, my name's Melinda too! Very beautiful name. I thought it meant "gentle one"." Feb. 7, 2006:
"My youngest daughters name is Melinda, we call her Mindy for short and I have one other daughter named Misty." Nov. 25, 2005:
"I love it! I don't think I could have asked for a better name. I've never really had any trouble with it other than being called everything else besides Melinda. (all of my siblings start with M. so parents and grandparents went through a whole list before they got to me.) I like to pronounce it MEE-LINDA (spanish version Mi Linda) when translated it means "my pretty" other than MAH-linda.
I haven't met many other Melinda's so I guess I like that!!" Aug. 18, 2005:
6 Neutral Comments
"My name is Melinda. I absolutely hate it when people spell it wrong which is a lot. I hate being called Melissa, Melanie, Belinda, Linda....that is not my name. I am from New York and it is not a common name at all. When I moved to North Carolina, I heard the name a little more but still have only met 1 or 2 other Melindas. I like my name cause no one ever has to use my last name to know me." Jun. 14, 2010:
"Don't know about Melinda, but my middle name is Maylinda, and that's close. :)" Jan. 2, 2010:
"Melinda is a combination of the names Melanie and Linda it's real meaning is the combination of those 2 names, Dark-Haired and Beautiful." Dec. 13, 2008:
"I've learned to answer to "Linda" and anything else starting with "M". Miranda and Melissa are the two common ones. I think it's a beautiful name, and not completely uncommon (I live in a town of 680 people, and there's a Malinda on the same street I live on!), but it sure throws some people for a loop!" Oct. 23, 2006:
"I love my name although I get Melissa, Melanie, and Belinda all the time." Sep. 18, 2006:
"well ma cuzs name is Melinda and shes Albanian and 17. She is a little spoiled, but its ok. lol" Jul. 23, 2006:
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