The origin of "Melissa" comes from the ancient Hittites word "Melita" which means honey: Mέλισσα
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The origin of Melissa comes from the ancient Hittites word Melita which means honey. The meaning of the word has shifted into honey bee in Greek. Moreover, the pronounciation has changed as Melissa.(Ionic Greek: Mέλισσα).
The name Melissa is derived from Greek mythology. Melissa was a nymph that cared for the infant Zeus while he was being hidden from his father, the king of the gods. Melissa plundered bee hives in order to feed honey to Zeus, who developed a permanent sweet tooth. When Melissa's role in protecting Zeus was discovered, she was turned into some lowly species of insect. Zeus later took pity on her and turned her into a honeybee, which is forever involved with making honey.