This name has two roots and their meanings are: 1) The name Melanie means 'darkness or clad in black'. In Greek mythology, Melania or Melanie was the name given to Demeter, a goddess of fertility. Melanie Borne in its Latin form by two saints: Melania the Elder and her grand-daughter Melania the Younger, the name was introduced to England by the Normans in its French form Melanie. 2) This name is a diminutive form of “Melissa”, meaning “bee, honey, honey-bee, one who gives honey”. In Greek mythology was a Bee-nymph. Melissa has a long history with roots reaching back to even before Ancient Greece. For this reason, in part, there are several versions of the story surrounding the mythological character Melissa, especially in how she came to care for the infant Zeus.