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Gender: F Origin of Araminta: Invented hybrid name from Arabella and Aminta Meaning of Aminta: Greek, "defender"

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Araminta is an enchanting eighteenth-century invention familiar in Britain and just beginning to be discovered here. It was used in 1693 by William Congreve in his comedy The Old Bachelor, and in 1705 by the versatile Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace as well as a playwright, for his comedy The Confederacy.

In the Enid Bagnold novel National Velvet, Araminta is the name of the central character's mother.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Araminta

Araminta Spookie, series of chapter books by Angie Sage
Araminta Melliflua, character mentioned in Harry Potter
Araminta, Velvet Brown's mother, a former channel swimmer, in National Velvet (1935) by Enid Bagnold
Araminta Dench, character in play The Farmer's Wife (1916)
Araminta, wife to the rich usurer Moneytrap, very intimate with Clarissa Gripe, in Vanbrugh's play The Confederacy (1705)
Araminta, in William Congreve's 1793 comedy The Old Bachelor
(Variation) Aramantha, title heroine of a 1649 pastoral by Richard Lovelace

Arameta, Aramintha, Areminta, Minta, Minty