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Melinda is a girl name derived from Greek word meli (that means "honey"); the name is extremely popular in certain countries. However, in the United States, the name peaked at 72 in popularity, and has been on the gradual decline since the 1970s. The name was first used in the year 1815 by József Katona. Examples of the name for famous persons include Melinda Gates (who is wife for Bill Gates).