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Gender: Female Origin of Nina: Short form of names that end in -nina Meaning of Antonina: Spanish diminutive of Antonia, "priceless one" Nina's Popularity in 2017: #322

The name Nina is a girl's name of Russian origin. Nina is ranked #322 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Short & Strong Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

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.

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.

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Famous People Named Nina

Nina, Spanish musical actress and singer
Nina Bazzy-Aliahmad, personality on reality TV series "All-American Muslim"
Nina, Baroness van Pallandt, Danish singer/actress
Nina Agdal, Danish model
Nina Antonia, English music critic
Nina Arvesen, American actress
Nina Astrom, Finnish singer
Nina Auerbach, American professor
Nina Axelrod, American actress
Nina Baden-Semper, English actress
Nina Bawden, English author
Nina Blackwood, American disc jockey
Nina Burleigh, American journalist
Nina Byers, American physicist
Nina Byron, American silent film actress
Nina Carter, English singer
Nina Clifford, American madam
Nina Coltart, English psychoanalyst
Nina Conti, English actress
Nikolina "Nina Dobrev" Dobreva, Bulgarian-Canadian actress
Nina Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon
Nina Easton, American journalist
Nina Elias-Bamberger, American TV producer
Nina Etkin, American anthropologist and botanist
Nina Fedoroff, American biologist
Nina Foch, American actress
Nina Garcia, American fashion journalist and TV personality
Nina Gershon, American judge
Nina Gordon, American rock singer
Nina Hartley, American porn actress
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, American novelist
Nina Kumagaya, Japanese voice actor
Nina Kuscsik, American long-distance runner
Nina Nastasia, American singer-songwriter
Nina Nesbitt, Scottish singer-songwriter
Nina Persson, Swedish singer (The Cardigans)
Nina Ricci, French fashion designer
Nina Siciliana, Italian poet
Nina Simone, born Eunice Waymon, American musician and activist
Nina Totenberg, American journalist
Nina Lauren Nenitte de la Hoya (b. 2007), daughter of former professional boxer Oscar de la Hoya
Nina Odette Hanson (b. 2014), daughter of American musician Isaac Hanson
Nina Danielle Sklar, birth name of Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry Seinfeld

Pop Culture References for the name Nina

Nina Rosario, character from the Broadway musical "In The Heights"
Nina Liebert from the anime Monster
Nina Shoes, brand of high-end shoes, mostly high heels
Nina Sayers, Natalie Portman's character in the movie "Black Swan"
Nina, a ditzy recurring character played by Mark McKinney in TV's "The Kids In The Hall"
Nina Martin, character from Nickelodeon's "House of Anubis"
Nina Zenik, character in Leigh Bardugo's "Six of Crows"
Nina Harper, character in the animated series "Braceface"
Nina Campbell, character in TV's "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Nina Idi, a main character in the middle grade sci-fi book series "Shadow Children" by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Nina Tucker, a character in the anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Nina Wei, main character in the 21st century parallel story in "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See
Nina Proudman, 30-something obstetrician in the Australian television series "Offspring"
Nina Carlisle-FBI agent Duncan Carlisle's wife in "Hostages"
Nina, character in series "Benched"
Nina, Emily Elizabeth's good friend in the television series "Clifford's Puppy Days"
Nina Ash, minor character on TV's "Angel"
Nina Van Horn, character in TV's "Just Shoot Me!"
Nina Sharp, character in TV series "Fringe"
Nina Banks, Diane Keaton's character from the film "Father of the Bride"
Nina, Chandler Bing's co-worker on an episode of "Friends"
Nina Yamada, character in Mamotte Lollipop, an anime and manga series
Nina, one of the dragonflies from game "Spyro the Dragon"
Nina Tucker, from Australian soap "Neighbours" played by Delta Goodrem
Nina Theroux, character from TV series "Alphas"
Nina Wrigley, character from "Wherever Nina Lies" by Lynn Weingarten
Nina Katz, minor character on TV's, "Sex And The City"
Nina Patterson, a minor character on MTV's "Scream"
Nina Gurzsky, minor character in "X-Men: Apocalypse", daughter of Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto)
Nina Devon, character on TV's "Famous in Love"
Nina Caliente, character in "Sims" series
Nina Aolani, character in "Sims" series
"Nina," song by British musician Ed Sheeran
Nina Harmsworth, main character of children's novel "The Court of the Stone Children" by Eleanor Cameron

Neena, Nena, Ninette, Nyna, Ninetta, Ninna

Nina's International Variations

Ninon (French) Ninacska, Ninotchka (Eastern European) Niña, Ninita, Nenah, Neenah, Ninah, Neneh (Spanish) Ninácska (Hungarian) Niina (Finnish)


Anna3891 Says:


We called our daughter Nina, we get so many compliments on her name. We love it and are very glad we went with our hearts in naming her.

Lizzy Lou Says:


Very pretty :)

stellarvra99 Says:


My daughter's name: Beautiful, short and international. Perfect for little Valentina ♥

stellarvra99 Says:


My daughter is named Valentina nn Nina ♥

peachydane Says:


Love love this name, it's so pretty and short. Will always remind me of my angel Nina Zenik <3 the loml

Lizzy Lou Says:


I feel like you could use Nina for a lot of -ina ending names. Thomasina, Carolina, Wilhelmina, Sabrina, Valentina (especially since I hate Val and Tina as nn).

indiefendi2 Says:


part of this name meaning is little girl... and that's exactly what it sounds like. Diminutive.

caetano Says:


Reminds me of the gorgeous Nina Dobrev

Nina Warren Says:


Nina is an awesome name and it gets better as you get older

Nina Warren Says:


I love being called Nina, most people know how to spell it. It's uncommon but not weird. I think it's a brilliant name. It's cute for a little girl and sophisticated for a grown up.

Luísa Says:


There are lots of Marinas nn Nina :D

AriellaBar Says:


Having lived in Spain and Latin America, I can confidently say Nina does not mean little girl in Spanish. As a previous poster said, that would be niña. The n and the ñ are different letters. A lot of people rely on nameberry to name their children, and I really think you should have accurate info.

NutzyNutmeg Says:


Hey my name is nina and I'm proud!!!

Zelliew Says:


It's good to have a name that's not too popular.........& it's a good name

Megan Fletcher Says:


I so want to love this name because it would be a smoosh of mine and my husband's mother's names. Tina and Nancy. I just can't bring myself to like it even though it has all the elements to be an appealing name.

Nina Says:


My name is Nina, and it's a great name! Everyone thinks it's a cute, pretty name, but it isn't super popular for a 15 year old like me, unlike Sarah, Emily, and Jessica. I have met 2 other "Ninas" in my life. It's unique, but not SUPER weird and strange.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I really like this name. It is short and sweet and pretty. Love it :)

ThistleThorn Says:


This is pretty.

Nina Says:


My name is Nina Suriano

indiefendi2 Says:


I would only use this as a nickname for Antonina or a name like that. I don't like Nina just by itself.

LadyVanRaven Says:


Pretty and youthful

BrigitKelly Says:


It is incorrect that this name means "little girl." That is the meaning of the word "niña" in Spanish, not the origin of the name, which is Russian (God is gracious) but also has Hindi and Native American meanings.