Minnie

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

Minnie was wildly popular at the turn of the last century--it was the fifth or sixth most popular name throughout the 1880s-- but is completely obscure today. Blame Mickey's girlfriend. Though it's possible that the up and coming trend toward old-fashioned nickname-names -- think Maisie, Mamie, Millie -- may give Minnie (all on its own, not as a short form of anything) a new moment in the sun. Minnie Driver (born Amelia) has given it some modern celeb cred.

There have been characters named Minnie in Dickens's Little Dorrit and Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra. Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher is a jazz classic.

Minnie can really be short for just about any M name (and some non-M names as well, such as Wilhelmina), including Minerva, Mary and Margaret.

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Famous People Named Minnie

Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver, English actress
Minnie Pearl (born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon), American country comedienne
Minnie Julia Riperton, American singer
Amalia Mignon "Minnie" Hauck, American opera singer
Minnie Fisher Cunningham, American suffragist; first executive secretary of the League of Women Voters
Minnie D. Craig, American politician
Minnie Devereaux, Canadian silent film actress
Minnie Maddern Fiske (born Marie Augusta Davey), American stage actress
Minnie Gentry (born Minnie Lee Watson), American actress
Minnie Dupree, American actress
Minnie Marx (born Miene Schönberg), American manager and mother of the Marx Brothers
Minnie Egener, American opera singer
Minnie Pwerle, Australian Aboriginal painter
Huldah Pierce "Minnie" Warren, American dwarf singer and circus performer
Minnie Tittell Brune, American-Australian actress
Pearl Minnie Anderson (b. 2005), daughter of actress Maya Rudolph and director Paul Thomas Anderson
Minnie Blossom Bourne, daughter of Rachel Stevens & Alex Bourne
Minnie Ida Anderson (b. 2013), daughter of Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson

Pop Culture References for the Name Minnie

Minnie Mouse, Disney character
Minnie May Barry, character in L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables"
Minnie "Pet" Meagles Gowan, character in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
Minnie the Minx, character in British comic "The Beano"
Minnie Crozier, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Minnie Bannister, character on British radio series "The Goon Show"
Minnie Bishop, character in anime/manga "Strike Witches"
"Minnie the Moocher," jazz song by Cab Calloway

Mini, Minie, Minne, Minni, Minny

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