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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