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Gender: F Meaning of Minerva: "of the mind, intellect" Origin of Minerva: Latin

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Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention, the arts and martial strength--which might appeal to adventurous feminist parents.

Minerva Pott is a character in Dickens's novel . In Harry Potter, Minerva McGonagall is a Witch and Deputy Headmistress of Hogswarts, and in the Artemis Fowl books, Minerva Paradizo is equally intellectual. There's also a series of kids' mystery books centering around a Minerva Clark.

Minerva was a Top 500 name through the early 1920s, dropping off the list in 1973/ It's well liked on Nameberry though--currently at Number 297. Nickname Minnie fits right in with the other currently stylish vintage nickname names. Curiously, though, actress Minnie Driver was not born Minerva--but Amelia.

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Famous People Named Minerva

Minerva Urecal, American actress
Minerva Teichert, American painter
Minerva Josephine Chapman, American painter
Minerva Parker Nichols, American architect
Minerva Pious, American actress
Minerva Mendez, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Minerva

Minerva "Min" Green, the protagonist of Printz-award nominated "Why We Broke Up"
Minerva McGonagall, from the "Harry Potter" series, played by Maggie Smith
Minerva Clark, from "Minerva Clark Gets a Clue"
Minerva, the Ancient Roman goddess of wisdom
Minerva Vazquez, Contestant on Season 2 of "The Next Great Baker"
Minerva Louise, the chicken from the Children's Picture Book Series by Janet Stoeke
Minerva, one of the ugly step sisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Minerva Mink, from Animaniacs
Minerva "Mini" McGuinness, from Skins
Minerva, character in the anime/manga Fairy Tail
Owl of Minerva, symbol used by the Illuminati

Merva, Min, Minivera, Minnie, Myna

Minerva's International Variations

Minerve, Minette (French) Minetta (Spanish)