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Missy is a cute baby name, more closely associated with the slang term in American culture. Originally, however, this option is the shortened form of Melissa. Though no longer a top 1,000 option, Missy was even a top 1,000 option in the mid-twentieth century in America.

Meaning of the name Missy:

English: bee

Origin of the name Missy:

Missy began as the shortened form of Melissa in England. Melissa itself was an ancient Greek name, becoming popularized through mythological legends. The first individual with the name was the daughter of Procles, though Melissa was also the name of the sister of the nymph who mothered Zeus. Melissa, and ultimately Missy, did not come to England and the rest of Europe until the 1700s.

Symbolism of the name Missy:

Missy has the same meaning as the baby name Melissa. Melissa translates to “bee” in Greek.

Baby name Missy

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Gender of the name Missy:

Missy is a free-spirited name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Missy:


Number of syllables in the name Missy:


Emotion evoked from the name Missy:

Missy is an informal and lighthearted baby name. It is wholesome and almost a little comedic.

Alternative spellings for the name Missy:

  • Missee
  • Missie
  • Missi
  • Missey
  • Misseigh
  • Miessie
  • Meessee

Nicknames for the name Missy:

  • Miss
  • Mimi 
  • Izzy
  • Miz
  • Issy

Popularity of the name Missy:

Missy was very popular in the mid to late twentieth century. It became a top 1,000 name in 1958 at number 919, leaving after 1980 when it was ranked 877. As of 2020, Missy is just over a top 5,000 option at number 5,042.

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Famous people with the name Missy:

  • Missy Elliott (stage name of Melissa Elliott, rapper)
  • Missy Robbins (chef, reality TV star)
  • Missy Cleveland (professional model)
  • Missy Hyatt (stage name of Melissa Hyatt, pro wrestler)
  • Missy Higgins (stage name of Melissa Higgins, singer)

Missys in popular culture:

  • Missy Cooper (character from “Young Sheldon” and “The Big Bang Theory”)
  • Missy Pantone (character from “Bring It On”)
  • Missy O'Connor (character from “The Big Wedding”)
  • Missy (character from “Doctor Who”)