Quick Facts on Melany
- American, Greek
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Characteristics of Melany
Etymology & Historical Origin - Melany
Melany is an Americanized respelling of Melanie. The name Melanie was introduced to the English from the French Mélanie (by way of the Latin Melania) which is ultimately a derivative of the Greek descriptive word “melas” meaning ‘black, dark.’ The name was popularized in the Middle Ages and was borne by a popular early medieval saint, St. Melania the Younger. Melania was born into a wealthy Roman Christian family in the 5th century. After inheriting her father’s vast wealth, Melania used all the money to endow and aid Christian churches across Europe and the Middle East. She also freed her slaves, sold her property and gave the money to the poor. She was symbol of the ephemeral value of material wealth which she readily parted with in the name of her religion. And so the French adopted the name as they did with so many other admired saints in medieval times. The name went out of fashion after the Middle Ages, but came out of hibernation in the 20th century. Melany is merely a simple respelling of Melanie.
Popularity of the Name Melany
The less popular spelling of Melany did not appear on the American female naming charts until 2001. In less than 10 years, the name went from practical non-existence to moderately light usage. Melanie has been a pretty high ranking name since the 1970s, so we’re not surprised to see a new spelling variant come out of America. It’s very typically American to play around with phonetics and switch around vowels and consonants. We agree that it makes the name “look” more interesting, but in pragmatic reality, people who have alternate or unusual spellings have the nuisance of having to correct people throughout their life. Although we have to agree, this spelling mutation is pretty mild compared to others we’ve seen. Currently, of the baby “Melanies” who are born every year, 82% get the traditional spelling while an impressive 18% receive Melany. Melany is a pretty name but it may be a little 1970s soon-to-be outdated (like Melissa) compared to the up-and-comers of today Mia, Malia and Molly.
Popularity of the Girl Name Melany
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Melany
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Melany
Melany We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Melany (see Melanie).
Popular Songs on Melany
Melany - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Melany (see Melanie).
Children's Books on the Baby Name Melany
Melany - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Melany (see Melanie).
Famous People Named Melany
Famous People Named Melany - Melany Neilson (author)
Children of Famous People Named Melany
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Melany - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Melany.
Melany - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Melany - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Melany.
Personality of the Girl Name Melany
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Melany