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Gender: Male Meaning of Mingus: "tenants of a manor" Origin of Mingus: Scottish, variation of Menzies

The name Mingus is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "tenants of a manor". Mingus and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibling Spelling Game".

From the experts:

Supermodel Helena Christensen named her son in honor of jazz great Charles Mingus, opening up a whole category of jazzy possibilities: Kenton, Calloway, Ellington, Gillespie, Mulligan, Tatum, and Thelonius.

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Famous People Named Mingus

Mingus Lucien Reedus (b. 1999), son of actor Norman Reedus and supermodel Helena Christensen
Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist

Pop Culture References for the name Mingus

Mingus, character played by Chris Rock in the film "2 Days in New York"
Max Mingus, character in a series of thriller novels by Nick Stone
Mingus Rude, character in Jonathan Lethem novel "The Fortress of Solitude"


Audrey_Rose Says:


please do not name your child mingus

nopenotdeanna Says:


I have only ever heard 'mingus' used as a childlike insult-- think 'dork' or 'nimrod'.

Mark Kirschenbaum Says:


Mingus could also be a diminutive of Domingus from Latin. In Spanish, Domingo. In Italian, Dominico.

Willow_Carter Says:


Mingus? seriously? In England, 'minging' is slang for gross, disgusting

lesliemarion Says:


Kenton and Calloway, yeah, but Mingus alas sounds like an unfortunate body part.