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October 5th, 2013 11:19 AM #1Senior Member
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I find myself falling for Minerva! It's an uncommon name with ancient/mythological history behind it. It has a great meaning, a cute nickname "Mina", and the best of literature (Harry Potter, The Spoon River Anthology).
It also feels really clunky and way too heavy for a little girl or even a teenager. I'm finding it hard to create combinations with too - I thought about putting it as a middle but the -a ending makes it even harder to combine.
Do you know a Minerva? (I've met Athenas, but never a Minerva!) Would you name your daughter Minerva? What would you use for a first/middle name with Minerva?~ "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names" ~
today's favorites: Demetra, Celia, Cassandra and Arthur, Inigo, Roger.
October 5th, 2013 11:36 AM #3
Regarding it being hard for a little girl to wear, it is a heavy name, but we're adults far far longer than we're children and with child-friendly nn's like Minnie I really don't think it's a problem.
I agree that the meaning is lovely and I kinda like it, but it's really not my style so I'd never personally use it. I feel like Athena is just a more pleasant sound, so I'd be more likely to use that.
Ariadne Minerva sounds well (if very mythological )
Even something like Lucy Minerva or Elizabeth Minerva sounds nice.Olivia/Livia/Livy/Liv : Thessaly/Darah/Bethel : Noelle/Eve
Benedict/Eli: Jude/Zane: Luke/Darius : Levi/Phineas/Calvin
October 5th, 2013 11:38 AM #5
All of the Minervas I know of were born in the early to mid 1800s, so I can't exactly ask them how they feel about their names. I think Minerva would be a great choice. For whatever reason, Minerva Charlotte was the first name that came to mind. I think pairing it with something mainstream takes away from the clunky, unusual aspects of the name.
October 5th, 2013 11:56 AM #7Theodore Arthur
October 5th, 2013 12:25 PM #9Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot