Give me a word, any word and I will show you the root of that word is Greek…

‘Melissa’

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

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