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

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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

Minnie Driver, British actress
Minnie Pearl, comedian
Minnie Riperton, American singer
Minnie Hauk (born Amalia Mignon Hauck), 19c. American opera singer
Pearl Minnie Anderson (b. 2005) - Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson's daughter

Pop Culture References for the Name Minnie

Minnie Mouse
Minnie May Barry, character from "Anne of Green Gables"
Minnie "Pet" Meagles Gowan, character in "Little Dorrit"

Mini, Minie, Minne, Minni, Minny