Meliza is a given name for a female child. The name comes from the Greek word Î¼ÎÎ»Î¹ÏÏÎ± (melissa), "honey bee", which in turn comes from Î¼ÎÎ»Î¹ (meli), "honey". In Ireland it is sometimes used as a feminine form of the Gaelic male name Maoilíosa, which means "servant of Jesus". Melissa also refers to the plant Melissa officinalis (Lamiaceae family), known as lemon balm.
In Hittite melit signifies "honey". According to Greek mythology, perhaps reflecting Minoan culture, making her the daughter of a Cretan king Melissos, whose -issos ending is pre-Greek, Melissa was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey and from whom bees were believed to have received their name. She was one of the nymph nurses of Zeus, sister to Amaltheia, but rather than feeding the baby milk, Melissa, appropriately for her name, fed him honey. Or, alternatively, the bees brought honey straight to his mouth. Because of her, Melissa became the name of all the nymphs who cared for the patriarch god as a baby.
- Honey bee
- Region of origin
- Related names
- Melita, Mel, Melina