Maoilíosa, which means "servant of Jesus" which is of a different origin and has nothing to do with its Hittite origin.8 Contents Mythology edit Ancient Greek mythology edit The name "Melissa" has a long history with roots reaching back to even before Ancient Greece.

Ode, on Melissa's Birth Day edit Ye nymphs and swains, whom love inspires With all his pure and faithf; You who his tenderest transports share For lo!For Bion long deplor'd his pain Thro' woods and devious wilds in vain; At last impell'd by deep despair, The swain proferr'd his ardent pray'r; His ardent pray'r Melissa heard, And every latent sorrow cheer'd, His days with social rapture blest, And sooth'd each anxious.

Melissa is a common variant form, with others being Malissa, Melesa, Melessa, Meliza, Mellisa, Melosa, and Molissa.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.13 When Melissa's neighbors tried to make her reveal the secrets of her initiation, she remained silent, never letting a word pass from her lips.