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November 16, 2010

melanie

melanie; from the french form of the latin name melania.
derived from greek μελαινα (melaina) which means black or dark.
melan-colia; ancient greek medical term for black bile.
melancholy; gloomy or deep, pensive, and long-lasting sadness.

saint melania was a wealthy heiress and philantrophist of the fourth and fifth century who freed thousands of slaves and engaged in lifelong good works.
the name was uncommon until the novel "gone with the wind"

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