From the 2008 Social Security data I noticed that [name]Melanie[/name] has been on the rise in [name]California[/name]; it wasn’t even in the top 100 ten years ago and it has steadily worked its way up to #33. It’s still not in the top 100 in many states, so I guess it’s pretty popular in some areas and rare in others. It’s my sister’s name–when she was a kid, people always assumed her name was [name]Melody[/name] because that one was more popular at the time. I would consider using it for a middle name someday… What do all of you think of [name]Melanie[/name]? Any particular associations, etc.? (The Spice Girls and Gone With the Wind come to mind, but not strongly to me).