-A varient of Melissa. A feminine Greek
name. Means Honey bee. Comes form Ancient greek
-In Greek mythology
Melissa is the name of one of the nymphs
save Zeus from
his father, Cronus. She hid him in the hills and fed him milk from
Amalthea and honey. When Cronus discovered this, he turned her into
a worm. After Zeus
power, he changed her into
a queen bee, not being able to change her from
an insect form.
-It is the name of the fairy who helps Rogero
the witch Alcina in Ludovico Ariosto's poem 'Orlando Furioso' (1516).
-There is also a kind of plant called Melissa, (melissa officinalis)commonly called lemon balm.