Origin: Greek, English, Gaelic, Georgian
Meaning: a derivative of meli meaning “honey” as well as being the word for “ash tree”.
It could also be a diminutive of Amelia, a variant of Amalia from Germanic element amal meaning “work, labor”.
I’ve also seen Melia listed as a surname of Gaelic origins, from O’Maille/O’Maele, referring to male descendants of noblemen from mal meaning “prince” or “champion”.
It also seems to be a Georgian surname believed to be derived from melia or mela meaning “fox”.
Melia is the name of a nymph in Greek mythology, daughter of the Greek god Okeanos, as well as the name of a group of nymphs known as the Meliae, who also happened to be nymphs of the ash tree. They sprang up from the blood of Uranus’s castration.