Melinda is a female first name. In very rare cases it is also used for boys.
Melinda is a well-known name in the US, but is still special. It is currently only given to every ten thousandth girl, and therefore ranks at 1,439 in the SmartGenius statistics. This means there are 1,438 girls names that are more common, but also tens of thousands that are much rarer. In the entire USA, approximately 132,024 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Melinda. That is 0.04 % of all living Americans.
Appearing throughout the time in the United States, the name Melinda is a staple in the country: Girls have been given the name Melinda for more than 140 years, according to official U.S. naming statistics. Melinda is therefore one of only 434 girls’ names that have been given every year since 1880. Even beyond that, Melinda is a very special name that peaked in popularity some time ago in the 20th century. Placed 72 Melinda easily made it into the Top 100 of our SmartGenius stats for female first names and has never been more popular than back in 1973.
In years where the graph has no value, the name Melinda was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.
As many as 92 babies were named Melinda in the USA in 2021, ranking it #1,866 on the list of the most popular girls' names for that year. However, it experienced its lowest point of popularity in 1928, when it was only ranked at #2,616 of all female names in our SmartGenius statistics – back then only 10 girls were named Melinda.
Everyone knows her, everyone loves her and still she’s different from the mainstream: Melinda occurs in every single state of the U.S. This may sound quite unspectacular at first, but in fact, of the more than 50,000 different female first names that occur in the USA, just 537 are recorded in each individual state, so the name Melinda is definitely something very special. However, at the same time, since the name does not appear in the top 100 most common first names in any single state, Melinda is not one of those names that one encounters in every neighbourhood, but stands out from the crowd, is noticeable and special without being strange or unknown. From Alaska to Florida, a total of 132,024 women and girls of all generations bear the name Melinda – that is one in 1,163. However, there are considerable regional differences – the name is far more popular than average in Alaska, where one in 651 women and girls is called Melinda, while it is particularly rare in Rhode Island, where you have to ask an average of 2,473 women for their name to get Melinda as an answer once.
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter M is a quite popular first letter for girls' names. That’s because 8.5% of all common girls’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letters A and S are more common for girls' names.
With seven letters, the name Melinda has a typical length for first names in the US. In fact, 26% of all common first names consist of exactly seven letters. 52% of all first names are shorter, while 22% have eight letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
Therefore: As 8.5% of all girls' names start with an M, this initial letter occurs nearly 2.5-times as often as all 26 letters on average – and the most common one of all the girls’ names starting with M is Mary.
If your name is Melinda and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Melinda, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Melinda sounds like this: