Minnie 🔥

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

Minnie Origin and Meaning

The name Minnie is a girl's name meaning "of the mind, intellect".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Minnie

Mini, Minie, Minny, Minni, Minne


strawberry1117 Says:


My great great grandmother’s name was Mignonette and she went by Minnie. I’ve always wanted to use Minnie as a nickname. Maybe for Miriam or Imogen as Mignonette is pretty uncommon and my partner and I aren’t French.

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.