Eng/Rom (meh-LIN-dah); Hun (MEL-een-daw); It (may-LEEN-dah)
The name is of uncertain meaning or origin, what is certain is that it has existed in the English-speaking world since at least the 18th-century. It may have originally been a mispronunciation of Belinda.
The name appears in the Hungarian opera, Bánk bán (1815) by József Katona, in which it is the name of a major female character. Since then, Melinda has been a fairly common name in Hungary.
The highest Melinda ever ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1973, coming in as the 72nd most popular female name in the United States. As of 2011, she does not appear in the U.S. top 1000.
As of 2010, its French form of Mélinda was the 174th most popular female name in France.
The name is used in Romania, Hungary and Italy.
A notable bearer is Melinda Gates, wife of CEO, Bill Gates.
It is also the name of a genus of fly.
A popular English diminutive offshoot is Mindy.