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Minerva

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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 "Quick Question Thread?!".

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 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)

Comments

Mliz Gonzalez Says:

2017-08-24T01:42:27

I love the name after all it's MY NAME!!! my parents took Minerva and added Liz at the end.. (Minervaliz)

sablemae98 Says:

2017-07-27T19:05:32

There's a minor character on Bob's Burgers named Dottie Minerva, and for whatever reason that name sticks out to me. I've only ever heard Dottie as a nickname for Dorothy (and its variations). Dorothy Minerva and Minerva Dorothy are nice.

phunkyvida Says:

2017-06-21T19:27:40

I hate this name, reminds me of the Birth Control I used to use as a Teenager to clear up my Acne.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

2016-12-21T16:35:01

I love this name, and the nickname Minnie or Minny. It has a feirce yet sweet vibe going for it. I love Harry Potter, and Minerva McGonagall is pretty darn cool! Although the connection to Harry Potter isn't the only reason I love is name, it's unique and would stand out from all the Emma's or Sophia's (which just for the record are perfectly nice names), but this name also offer some a range of nicknames. Minnie/Minny Mina, Nerva, Nervy and also possibly if your child doesn't mind Nerdy, plus many more. Minerva on a whole has good vibes running through her vanes. This is a lovely name for any daughter!

sometimeschessie Says:

2016-06-14T00:01:14

We love this name! I'm wishing now that we hadn't used it on a cat, because I'd like it for a daughter.

AllieCat718 Says:

2016-06-06T19:58:03

I can't be the only one who thinks this name is kind of an ugly name, right?

Floris Says:

2016-02-10T17:52:45

So use Minnie or Millie as a nn? I mean, for a grown woman (especially one that wants to have a career) Minni and Millie are just too cute.

Floris Says:

2016-02-10T17:50:53

That's such a cool name. And I feel like it isn't too Harry Potter (like Hermione, Nymphadora or Belatrix).
I love HP as well, but I feel like it's a name that also was a thing before HP, which I like.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-27T08:57:23

This is a beautiful, striking and distinguished name, and what a great meaning to bestow upon a daughter! All the more so because many girls' names mean something along the lines of "beautiful', "pure" and "lovable".

The Roman goddess of wisdom is of course a great namesake, but so too is Minerva McGonagall, who most people will connect the name with nowadays. She's far and away my favourite character in the series: highly intelligent, scrupulously fair, courageous and always composed - she's everything I'd want my daughter to aspire to. This name is firmly on my list!

Hailey Says:

2015-12-11T18:45:42

Love, love. love this name. Athena/Minerva is such a good, strong role model, and Minerva McGonagall is amazing as well. I would definitely give this name to my daughter.

hufflepuff Says:

2015-10-17T13:42:55

Great choice! I adore this name so much! I really love strong names for girls (and I don't mean "slap a boy name on her and call it spunky"..... I'm talking true feminine strength). I would love to use this name for a girl. If we don't get around to it, I know I'll be fast friends with anyone who names their daughter this.

Ariana157 Says:

2015-08-26T19:17:54

I personally prefer Athena or Athina than Minerva .

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-22T14:43:45

Minerva sounds very Victorian-vintage in the best way possible, IMO. It has that fussy old-fashioned feel, yet also has a very strong and pointy sound with the "nerva" part. The "nerv" sound should bother me, but it actually makes the name sound a bit sciency to me, which makes me like it more. The fact that she's the goddess of wisdom is an awesome plus. I only like Minerva in its full form though- Minnie reminds me too much of the squeaking Disney mouse -.- Ultimately, I rather prefer the Greek goddess of wisdom version, Athena.

DrVlasic Says:

2015-08-18T12:30:57

It has been reported that Minnie Mouse's full name is Minerva Mouse.

Jamesina66 Says:

2015-05-05T15:08:45

I love Minerva! It is time for a revival of this name. I don't care for Minnie as a nickname, and I don't know how well Nervy would stand as a name, but Mina is very pretty.

LawsonSandy2010 Says:

2015-05-05T14:02:35

This is the one girl name my partner and I can 100% agree on. We are both big fans of Harry Potter and Minerva McGonagall is a pretty cool character. We like the nicknames Minnie and Mina. I know my family isn't a huge fan of the name but they will have to learn to love it! If we have a girl this is pretty much set as her name!

LittleGypsy Says:

2015-05-05T12:08:04

Minerva McGonagall's my favourite character in Harry Potter, and her name suits her perfectly, but I don't like the nickname Minnie :(

SimoneKadele Says:

2015-05-05T00:58:46

But why can't a girl's name be strong??

vintageluvs Says:

2015-04-16T23:37:54

My thoughts exactly!

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-03-31T07:14:08

Minerva sounds unnerving, I'm an Artemis 1000%.

PoppyOrangey Says:

2015-03-13T05:42:29

Minerva and Millicent are both in the same category for me. Great family names that go way back, but just so harsh sounding. The nicknames Minnie and Millie are cute though.

Jamie_The_Writer Says:

2014-10-15T22:54:29

This name sounds like one I'd give to an evil queen or villain. Not really wanting my daughter to be a villain! I much prefer Minnicka or Miniva to Minerva

Plutophelia Says:

2014-09-14T17:21:04

I think that this is a lovely name! Maybe it is is a bit strong but what is wrong with that?

HatGirl Says:

2014-07-29T17:09:47

it kinda sounds like someone vommiting to me.

Guest Says:

2014-06-17T16:38:33

I hear "your getting on my nerves-a"

LadyVanRaven Says:

2014-04-08T07:19:57

Strong and fierce sounding. Only thing is...it may be too strong sounding. I do like the name but the 'nerv' part isn't appealing. The nicknames Minnie and Mina are soft, less intimidating nicknames though so that may be a way to get around it, although they seem to take away from the ancient beauty of Minerva. So I'm torn really...