Meaning and Origin of: Melena

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Yellow as canary

Girl name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish and Portuguese : probably a nickname from melena, a term denoting a piece of leather placed on the horns of an ox so that the yoke would not harm them, possibly applied to someone in charge of an ox as a draft animal. By extension, melena came to mean ‘mane’ and ‘long hair’, probably applied to someone with long or untidy hair.