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Gender: Female Meaning of Minerva: "of the mind, intellect" Origin of Minerva: Latin

The name Minerva is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "of the mind, intellect". Minerva and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory -- GIRLS".

From the experts:

Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention, the arts and martial strength, one of the Baby-Names-for-Girls">mythology names for girls that might appeal to adventurous feminist parents.

Minerva Pott is a character in Dickens's novel Pickwick Papers. In Harry Potter, Minerva McGonagall is a Witch and Deputy Headmistress of Hogswarts, and in the Artemis Fowl books, Minerva Paradizo is equally intellectual. There's also a series of kids' mystery books centering around a Minerva Clark.

Minerva was a Top 500 name through the early 1920s, last appearing on the list in 1973. It's well liked on Nameberry though—currently at Number 417. Nickname Minnie fits right in with the other currently stylish vintage nickname names. Curiously, though, actress Minnie Driver was not born Minerva, but Amelia.

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Famous People Named Minerva

Minerva Urecal, American actress
Minerva Teichert, American painter
Minerva Josephine Chapman, American painter
Minerva Cuevas, Mexican conceptual artist
Minerva Parker Nichols, American architect
Minerva Pious, American actress
Minerva Mendez, American actress
Minerva Vazquez, American reality TV contestant on "The Next Great Baker"
Ida Minerva Tarbell, American muckraking journalist

Pop Culture References for the name Minerva

Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom
Minerva McGonagall, character in the Harry Potter series
Owl of Minerva, symbol used by the Illuminati
Minerva "Min" Green, in "Why We Broke Up" by Daniel Handler
Minerva Clark, protagonist in the series by Karen Karbo
Minerva Louise, in a children's book series by Janet Stoeke
Minerva, ugly stepsister in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella"
Minerva Mink, character in animated series "Animaniacs"
Minerva "Mini" McGuinness, character on TV's "Skins"
Minerva Orland, character in the anime/manga "Fairy Tail"
Minerva "Minnie" Swidt, character in "Christmas After All"

Merva, Myna, Minnie, Min, Minivera

Minerva's International Variations

Minerve, Minette (French) Minetta (Spanish)