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Quick Facts on Mina

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Dutch, English, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 753
Simple meaning:
Valiant protector; or Fish (Hindu)

Characteristics of Mina

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mina

Traditionally speaking Mina has always been considered the pet form of Wilhelmina, but technically speaking it could be the short form for any name that contains the “mina” suffix (Amina, Hermina, etc). Wilhelmina is the German, Dutch and Polish feminine form of Wilhelm (equivalent to the English William). The name is ultimately derived from the Germanic elements “wil” meaning “will, desire” and “helm” meaning “helmet, protection”. Put them together, you’ve got a desire for protection; thus, the name William has come to stand for a valiant protector. The English borrowed Wilhelmina from the Germans and Dutch in the 19th century and Mina is considered a diminutive used by all speakers as both a pet form and an independent name. In fact, Wilhelmina has become passé in terms of fashionable use (although the Dutch still use the name with respectable moderation). Mina, on the contrary, is quite popular in Norway and Serbia today and enjoys moderate usage in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands. Aside from Mina’s clear connection to Wilhelmina, the name also has totally separate etymological roots in Hindu. In Sanskrit Mīna (मीना) means “fish” and is the name of the twelfth astrological sign Pisces on the Hindu zodiac.

Popularity of the Name Mina

Mina’s performance on the American female naming charts maps pretty closely to Wilhelmina, further providing evidence that these two names were originally connected. In the late 19th century and early 20th century Mina (like Wilhelmina) was moderately popular but as the 1900s got underway, the name slipped in usage. Mina’s decline on the charts was fairly slow and steady until she disappeared off the American radar by the mid 1940s. Her hiatus from usage would last nearly 60 years until her return in the 21st century in 2002. Today Mina sees low success and we assume now that Indian-Americans might be the propeller behind Mina’s renewed usage. Americans no longer think about names as old-fashioned and sternly Germanic as Wilhelmina, so we doubt that connection any longer exists. Mina is now more of a delicately simple exotic choice tied to Hindu or Arabic names (i.e., Amina). We like the idea for Mina as a girl’s name for babies born under the Pisces zodiac sign (whose symbol is the fish).
Popularity of the Girl Name Mina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mina

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mina

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mina

    Wilhelmina “Mina” Murray Harker (Dracula) Mina Harker is the protagonist of Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel, Dracula, which has been adapted countless times in other media. She is a virtuous young school teacher who is engaged to Jonathan Harker, the attorney who has unwittingly fallen victim to the vampire count and his minions. When Jonathan escapes the count’s castle, Mina joins him in Budapest and marries him there. Then, as husband and wife, they join Professor Van Helsing’s merry band of vampire hunters. Poor Mina! Marrying Jonathan didn’t make her any friend of Count Dracula, who attacks her and infuses her with his own blood, putting Mina through an extraordinary adventure, wavering between her human life and the nether world of her vampire persona. She is not exactly the original “Vampire Slayer”, but it is her use of her detecting talents that leads the boys to Dracula. Upon his death, Mina is free to go back to her proper Victorian role as dutiful wife and mother, and we can be sure she prefers it that way. A little excitement like that goes a long way, but it sure makes a good story for the eventual grandchildren!

  • Popular Songs on Mina

    Popular Songs on Mina

    Mina Loy (M.O.H.) - a song by Billy Corgan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mina

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mina

    Candy Apple #27: Miss You, Mina (Denene Millner) - This book is part of our first sweet and sassy Candy Apple summer vacation trilogy! Each book focuses on one girl from a trio, and follows her summer adventure away from her friends. Three girls, three trips, one amazing summer! Willhelmina "Mina" Chestnut loves spending time with her BFFs, Samantha and Liza, in their New Jersey suburb. But this summer, the girls are splitting up, and Mina is attending an art camp in New York City! Mina is dazzled by all the Big Apple has to offer, and enjoys seeing the sights and meeting new people. But a snooty girl at the camp makes Mina miss the comfort of home. How can she survive the big city for a summer without her friends? Maybe by finding them the perfect souvenirs... Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Mina Dances for Joy (Leslie D Yoakum) - Mina's mother wants to immerse her in the Chinese tradition of the fan dance. This idea bores Mina. She has much bigger dreams. What will inspire her to learn the dance? "Mina Dances for Joy" is the second in this series of children's books on friendship. This book combines cultural and special needs awareness along with the importance of friendship for motivation and inspiration in life. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Mina Fox Meets the Lady of the Library (Sandra Simpson) - When Mina Fox and her friends arrived at the Twisted Creek Middle School on that first day, they expected to find many new things: a new building, new teachers, new students and middle school experiences. What they didn't expect to find was a ghost in the library and a mystery to solve. Follow the exciting adventures of Mina, Brian and Lexi as they uncover the town's long dead secrets and help the spirit of Amanda Trent find justice. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Mina's Spring Of Colors (Rachna Gilmore) - Mina, 11, enjoys playing computer games and watching TV, and has decidedly mixed feelings about her Indian heritage. She loves her Nanaji (grandfather), but is sometimes embarrassed by his old-fashioned ideas and customs. However, when she overhears the most popular girl at school refer to Nanaji as "a stupid old geek who can't even talk right," Mina is hurt and incensed. She vows to get revenge during her family's annual party celebrating Holi, the Indian festival of color. Instead of squirting Ashley with the traditional harmless colored powders that are the hallmark of the celebration, Mina plans to barrage her foe with a concoction that will leave a more permanent impression. In the end, the scheme backfires, and Nanaji helps his granddaughter to see that her stunt is less about revenge than about coming to terms with her own ambivalent feelings toward him. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    My Name Is Mina (David Almond) - Mina loves the night. While everyone else is in a deep slumber, she gazes out the window. In the stillness, she can even hear her own heart beating. This is when Mina feels that anything is possible and her imagination is set free. A blank notebook lies on the table. It has been there for what seems like forever. Mina has proclaimed in the past that she will use it as a journal, and one night, at last, she begins to do just that. As she writes, Mina makes discoveries both trivial and profound about herself and her world, her thoughts and her dreams. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Skellig (David Almond) - David Almond’s Printz Honor–winning novel is a captivating modern classic. Ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage…What is this thing beneath the spiderwebs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never before seen? The only person Michael can confide in is his new friend, Mina. Together they carry the creature out into the light, and Michael’s world changes forever…Recommended for ages 9-13.

    The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt (Patricia MacLachlan) - Minna wishes for many things. She wishes she understood the quote taped above her mother's typewriter:Fact and fiction are different truths. She wishes her mother would stop writing long enough to really listen to her. She wishes her house were peaceful and orderly like her friend Lucas's. Most of all, she wishes she could find a vibrato on her cello and play Mozart the way he deserves to be played. Minna soon discovers that some things can't be found-they just have to happen. And as she waits for her vibrato to happen, Minna begins to understand some facts and fictions about herself. Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Mina

    Famous People Named Mina

    Famous People Named Mina - Mina Loy (poet); Mina (Italian pop singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mina

    Children of Famous People Named Mina

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

  • Historic Figures

    Mina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Mina

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mina

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