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Origin: English

Meaning: a combination of Greek Melanie (black, dark) or Greek Melissa (bee) with the suffix -inda. Melinda can also be a combination of Greek meli (honey) and Linda, which is either from a Germanic element meaning "soft, tender" or from the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".

Some short forms of the name are Mindy, Lindy, Meli, & Linda.

Variants: Malinda