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

The name Minnie is a girl's name meaning "of the mind, intellect". Minnie and is often added to lists like Hipster Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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.

Find other names based on Minnie using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Minnie

Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver, English actress
Minnie Pearl (born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon), American country comedienne
Minnie Julia Riperton, American singer
Amalia Mignon "Minnie" Hauck, American opera singer
Minnie Fisher Cunningham, American suffragist; first executive secretary of the League of Women Voters
Minnie D. Craig, American politician
Minnie Devereaux, Canadian silent film actress
Minnie Maddern Fiske (born Marie Augusta Davey), American stage actress
Minnie Gentry (born Minnie Lee Watson), American actress
Minnie Dupree, American actress
Minnie Marx (born Miene Schönberg), American manager and mother of the Marx Brothers
Minnie Egener, American opera singer
Minnie Pwerle, Australian Aboriginal painter
Huldah Pierce "Minnie" Warren, American dwarf singer and circus performer
Minnie Tittell Brune, American-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

Pop Culture References for the name Minnie

Minnie Mouse, Disney character
Minnie Brandon, the daughter of Rebecca "Becky" Brandon (nee Bloomwood) and Luke Brandon from the 'Shopaholic' book series written by Sophie Kinsella
Minnie May Barry, character in L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables"
Minnie "Pet" Meagles Gowan, character in Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
Minnie the Minx, character in British comic "The Beano"
Minnie Crozier, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Minnie Bannister, character on British radio series "The Goon Show"
Minnie Bishop, character in anime/manga "Strike Witches"
"Minnie the Moocher," jazz song by Cab Calloway
Minnie Fay, character from movie "Hello, Dolly!"

Mini, Minie, Minny, Minni, Minne


Bobcat108 Says:


Thanks Ruanne!

Ruanne Says:



LysHub Says:


I just named my baby girl Minnie and have absolutely no regrets. It's classic, trendy sounding, not popular (surprisingly!), and it suits her so well! I was a bit worried I'd hear about Minnie Mouse from everyone but haven't heard it once! I've only had positive reactions (or people were good at lying) but I love my little Minnie. :)

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Imogen. Xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:


Me too, and I agree. 😃 Xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:


I haven't heard of Minnie being used for Araminta before. It totally works. That's the good thing about Minnie - that it can be used with so many names. 😃 Xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is a lovely name. It makes the perfect nickname for Minerva, and many other names, although it would also work well as an independent name. I adore the Minnie Mouse connection, which is fun and quirky. I can definitely see why so many people are loving Minnie. 😃 💝 Xxx

indiefendi2 Says:


again, this was my grandma's name but now I'm starting to like it. ;)

Wittyusername103 Says:


I like this as a full name. And the meaning is gorgeous!!

meaganegibson Says:


I absolutely adore this name, but I wouldn't use it on it's one. I do like it as a nn for Reminy though :)

hufflepuff Says:


I would love to see a fully fledged Minnie! I think it makes a fun standalone name, especially given how popular it was as a given name in the late 1800s.

Bobcat108 Says:


One of my great-great-aunts was called Minnie, but her full name was Maria Salomina (Sal-oh-MEE-nah).

eveyalecia Says:


Minnie is so cute-- I'm considering using it as a nickname for Imogen.

CaitlinBrittin Says:


My great grandmother was named Minnie. I don't think I would use just Minnie as a full name but I would love to name a daughter Margaret and call her Minnie while she is little. The connection to Minnie Mouse is a plus in my book!

indiefendi2 Says:


My grandma's name but I'd rather use her cool middle name.

jo Says:


my daughters name no one forgets it! :)

mabespark Says:


I really love this as a nickname, especially for Araminta.

CocoWhite Says:


This name is so adorable! Don't think I'd use it as a full, though. Nickname only.