The name Melissa comes from the Greek meaning ‘honey bee’.
According the Greek mythology, Melissa was one of the nymphs who nursed Zeus as a baby. But instead of giving him the usual milk, Melissa fed him honey (Meli in Greek)
Legend has it that the bees would bring the honey straight to Zeus’ mouth. As a result, Melissa became the name of all the nymphs who cared for Zeus as an infant; the father of all the Gods and God of the sky and thunder.
© Michelle Sotiriou 2013