It’s All In The Name: Name Origins

nameberryI was scrolling through Facebook earlier today when an ancestry.com add popped up. Now, whilst I’m intrigued to find out my family history; I’m not willing to pay for it.
Instead, I found this website that tells you the meaning of your name, and when it was popular. Sounded pretty cool to me, so I checked it out. It’s called NameBerry – in case you were wondering…

So, let’s see what my name means – shall we?

Melissa:

Melissa is a more classic name than you might think, used in the U.S. since the eighteenth century and originating as the name of a nymph in Greek mythology: the mythical Melissa was nursemaid to the infant god Zeus.

  • Gender: F
  • Meaning of Melissa: “honeybee”
  • Origin of Melissa: Greek
  • Melissa’s Popularity in 2014: #224

Victoria:

Victoria is the ancient Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike, and also a popular third century saint.

  • Gender: F
  • Meaning of Victoria: “victory”
  • Origin of Victoria: Latin
  • Victoria’s Popularity in 2014: #19

Holden

Holden is a classic case of a name that jumped out of a book and onto birth certificates–though it took quite a while. Parents who loved J. D. Salinger‘s The Catcher in the Rye are flocking to the name of its hero, Holden Caulfield. 

  • Gender: M
  • Meaning of Holden: “hollow valley”
  • Origin of Holden: English
  • Holden’s Popularity in 2014: #292

So basically, I’m a Greek nursemaid – who is really a bee -, who wants to have victory over a hollow valley that is possibly full of J.D Salinger’s books. Well… you learn something new every day!

What does your name mean? Let me know in the comments! 

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