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Quick Facts on Amina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American, Arabic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 620
Simple meaning:
Feel safe; Truthful, trustworthy

Characteristics of Amina

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Amina

There are two possible etymological sources behind the name Amina both of which are Arabic. The first comes from the Arabic female name Amina(h) from “amina” (أمن) meaning “feel safe”. The second is also Arabic in origin, from the masculine name Amin (امين) meaning “truthful, honest, trustworthy”. Both source names are borne by important figures within the Islamic faith. Aminah bint Wahb was the Prophet Muhammad’s mother and Al-Amin was the sixth Islamic Caliph in the early 9th century. As a female name of Arabic origin Amina hasn’t experienced particular success in the Western World but it does happen to be the #1 female name in Bosnia and Herzegovina right now. It’s also a Top 10 in Morocco and Kazakhstan. Amina does however enjoy a fair amount of success in Western countries where there’s a large Arabic community (such as in France and the Netherlands). Aside from Arab-Americans using their own Arabic names, the African-American community also has a history of embracing Arabic names since the 1970s in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Amina

Amina is a 21st century new girl to the American female naming charts. First appearing in the year 2000, Amina has only climbed a couple hundred spots on the Top 1000 list. What’s interesting about this Arabic name is that it doesn’t have a particularly Eastern exotic sound to it; rather, this one is simple and straight-forward both in spelling and pronunciation. It’s also quite pretty and sounds “princessey” (like Ariel) to us – dainty with an understated beauty, yet strong and confident, as well. There’s a reason for this actually; Amina was the name of a 15th or 16th century Nigerian Princess, Amina of Zazzau (present day Zaria, Nigeria). The name Amina may have been embraced by African-Americans in honor of this woman who shares their African heritage. Amina’s legendary warrior-spirit and brave military exploits regarded her just as (if not more than) capable as a man. Whether you love this name in honor of Muhammad’s mother or the bad-ass African princess, or simply because you’re looking for an original name with a positive etymology – you’ve come to the right place. Underused and quite uncommon in the United States, Amina is an excellent choice for the discerning parent.
Popularity of the Girl Name Amina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Amina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Amina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Amina

    Amina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Amina.

  • Popular Songs on Amina

    Popular Songs on Amina

    Amina - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Amina.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Amina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Amina

    Amina and the Shell (Deborah Alexander) - Amina and her family live in a beautiful, lush valley on a tropical island. After yet another storm ruins their vegetable garden, Amina finds a tunnel to the other side of a mountain, where she discovers a village of giants! As soon as she arrives, one of the giants picks up the beautiful shell Amina is hiding in and carries it off. With the help of some clever mice, Amina manages to escape and returns home with a special gift for her parents. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Amina's Blanket (Helen Dunmore) - Yellow Bananas are captivating chapter books designed to help young readers make the transition from storybooks to text-based books. The next level up from Blue Bananas, each book features short chapters, engaging full-color illustrations, and a strong story about interesting characters. As their reading abilities develop, kids will want to make the jump from Blue to Yellow Bananas! As Josie and the other children in her class make a beautiful patchwork quilt to send to a war-torn country, Amina who lives far away, shivers in her darkened apartment surrounded by noisy explosions. One night in a dream, Josie visits Amina, experiences the traumas of war, and discovers a very special secret that her friends at school don't know. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Amina, Princess of Zaria (Nicole Hester Williams) - Amina, Princess of Zaria, is a striking story that beautifully combines traditional African-folk with a heaping dose of fairytale flare. Young readers and adults alike, are guaranteed to fall in love with this heart-warming tale over and over again. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Queen Amina of Zaria: Queens of Africa Book 1 (JudyBee) - In this story Wuraola, Nneka and Azeezah learn how sixteen year old Queen Amina protected her land from jealous neighbors by building walls around it and riding around them on her horse, called Demon, shooting the enemy with her bow and arrow. You can still see evidence of Amina's walls today if you look very carefully in the sand. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Amina

    Famous People Named Amina

    Famous People Named Amina - Aminah bint Wahb (Prophet Muhammad's mother); Amina Claudine Myers (musician); Amina Annabi (French-Tunisian singer/actress); Amina Abdallah Arraf al Omari (Syrian-American blogger who turned out to be a hoax); Amina Wadud (American Islam scholar and feminist); Amina Satō (member of a Japanese girl group AKB48); Amina Figarova (jazz musician); Amina Said (writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Amina

    Children of Famous People Named Amina

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Amina - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Amina.

  • Historic Figures

    Amina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Amina - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Amina.

Personality of the Girl Name Amina

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Amina

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