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Gender: F Meaning of Nina: "little girl" Origin of Nina: Short form of names that end in -nina or Spanish Nina's Popularity in 2012: #291

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Nina is as multiethnic as you can get: Nina is a young girl in Spain, a common nickname name in Russia, a Babylonian goddess of the oceans, and an Incan goddess of fire. Here and now, it's a stylish possibility that's been underused. "Weird Al" Yankovic chose this decidedly nonweird name for his daughter.

Currently Number 291, Nina has been a permanent resident on the Social Security list, mainly in the low hundreds. It is now Number 26 in both Austria and Belgium.

In literature, Nina Zarechnaia is one of the principle characters in Chekhov's drama The Seagull, as well as appearing in Trollope's Phineas Finn and Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies.

More recent real-life bearers have included jazz singer Nina Simone (born Eunice) and Nina Garcia of Project Runway fame.

Natalie Portman was awarded an Oscar for her role as ballerina Nina Sayers in the 2010 Black Swan.

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Famous People Named Nina

Nina, Spanish musical actress and singer
Nina Bazzy-Aliahmad, personality on reality TV series "All-American Muslim"
Nina, Baroness van Pallandt, Danish singer/actress
Nina Antonia, English music critic
Nina Arvesen, American actress
Nina Astrom, Finnish singer
Nina Auerbach, American professor
Nina Axelrod, American actress
Nina Baden-Semper, English actress
Nina Bawden, English author
Nina Blackwood, American disc jockey
Nina Burleigh, American journalist
Nina Byers, American physicist
Nina Byron, American silent film actress
Nina Carter, English singer
Nina Clifford, American madam
Nina Coltart, English psychoanalyst
Nina Conti, English actress
Nina Dobrev, Bulgarian-born actress
Nina Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon
Nina Easton, American journalist
Nina Elias-Bamberger, American TV producer
Nina Etkin, American anthropologist and botanist
Nina Fedoroff, American biologist
Nina Foch, American actress
Nina Garcia, American fashion journalist and TV personality
Nina Gershon, American judge
Nina Gordon, American rock singer
Nina Hartley, American porn actress
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, American novelist
Nina Kumagaya, Japanese voice actor
Nina Kuscsik, American long-distance runner
Nina Nastasia, American singer-songwriter
Nina Nesbitt, Scottish singer-songwriter
Nina Persson, Swedish singer (The Cardigans)
Nina Ricci, French fashion designer
Nina Siciliana, Italian poet
Nina Simone, American musician and activist
Nina Totenberg, American journalist

Pop Culture References for the Name Nina

Nina Shoes, brand of high-end shoes, mostly high heels
Nina Sayers, Natalie Portman's character in the movie "Black Swan"
Nina, a ditzy recurring character played by Mark McKinney in TV's "The Kids In The Hall"
Nina Martin, character from Nickelodeon's "House of Anubis," played by actress Nathalia Ramos
Nina Harper, character in the animated series "Braceface"
Nina Campbell, character in TV's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Nina Idi, a main character in the middle grade sci-fi book series "Shadow Children" by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Nina Tucker, a character in the anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Nina Wei, main character in the 21st century parallel story in "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
Nina Proudman, 30-something obstetrician in the Australian television series "Offspring"
Nina Ash, minor character on TV's "Angel"
Nina Van Horn, character in TV's "Just Shoot Me!"
Nina Sharp, character in TV series "Fringe"
Nina Banks, Diane Keaton's character from the film "Father of the Bride"
Nina, Chandler Bing's co-worker on an episode of "Friends"
Nina Yamada, character in Mamotte Lollipop, an anime and manga series
Nina, one of the dragonflies from game "Spyro the Dragon"
Nina Tucker, from Australian soap "Neighbours" played by Delta Goodrem

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Nina's International Variations

Ninacska, Ninotchka (Eastern European) Niina (Finnish) Ninon (French) Ninácska (Hungarian) Niña, Ninita, Nenah, Neenah, Ninah, Neneh (Spanish)