Diminutive of Wilhelmina
"resolute protection"

Minnie Origin and Meaning

The name Minnie is a girl's name meaning "resolute protection".

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. Regardless, 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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Minnie Popularity

Famous People Named Minnie

  • Amelia Fiona "Minnie" DriverEnglish actress
  • Minniestage name of Nicha Yontararak; singer in South Korean girl group (G)I,DLE
  • Minnie Pearl (born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon)American country comedienne
  • Minnie Julia RipertonAmerican singer
  • Amalia Mignon "Minnie" HauckAmerican opera singer
  • Minnie Fisher CunninghamAmerican suffragist; first executive secretary of the League of Women Voters
  • Minnie D. CraigAmerican politician
  • Minnie DevereauxCanadian silent film actress
  • Minnie Maddern Fiske (born Marie Augusta Davey)American stage actress
  • Minnie Gentry (born Minnie Lee Watson)American actress
  • Minnie DupreeAmerican actress
  • Minnie Marx (born Miene Schönberg)American manager and mother of the Marx Brothers
  • Minnie EgenerAmerican opera singer
  • Minnie PwerleAustralian Aboriginal painter
  • Huldah Pierce "Minnie" WarrenAmerican dwarf singer and circus performer
  • Minnie Tittell BruneAmerican,Australian actress
  • Pearl Minnie Anderson (b. 2005)daughter of actress Maya Rudolph and director Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Minnie Blossom Bourne (b. 2013)daughter of singer Rachel Stevens & Alex Bourne
  • Minnie Ida Anderson (b. 2013)daughter of Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Minnie Theodora Osbourne (b. 2018)daughter of English media personality Jack Osbourne, sister to Pearl Clementine and Andy Rose

Minnie in Pop Culture

  • Minnie MouseDisney character
  • Minnie Brandonthe daughter of Rebecca "Becky" Brandon (nee Bloomwood) and Luke Brandon from the 'Shopaholic' book series written by Sophie Kinsella
  • Minnie May Barrycharacter in L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables"
  • Minnie "Pet" Meagles Gowancharacter in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
  • Minnie the Minxcharacter in British comic "The Beano"
  • Minnie Croziercharacter on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
  • Minnie Bannistercharacter on British radio series "The Goon Show"
  • Minnie Bishopcharacter in anime/manga "Strike Witches"
  • "Minnie the Moocher" jazz song by Cab Calloway
  • Minnie Faycharacter from movie "Hello, Dolly!"
  • Minnie Goetzecharacter in the graphic novel and film "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"

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