The name Nina is a girl's name of Russian origin. Nina is ranked #309 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Short & Strong Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
From the experts:
Nina is as multiethnic as you can get: Nina is a common nickname name in Spain and Russia, a Babylonian goddess of the oceans, and an Incan goddess of fire. Here and now, it's a stylish possibility that's been underused. "Weird Al" Yankovic chose this decidedly nonweird name for his daughter.
Currently Number 309, Nina has been a permanent resident on the Social Security list, mainly in the low hundreds.
In literature, Nina Zarechnaia is one of the principle characters in Chekhov's drama The Seagull, as well as appearing in Trollope's Phineas Finn and Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies.
More recent real-life bearers have included jazz singer Nina Simone (born Eunice) and Nina Garcia of Project Runway fame.
Natalie Portman was awarded an Oscar for her role as ballerina Nina Sayers in the 2010 Black Swan.