Gender: Female Origin of Nina: Short form of names that end in -nina Meaning of Antonina: Slavic, Italian and Nordic from Latin, "unknown, possibly priceless or highly esteemed" Nina's Popularity in 2019: #320

Nina Origin and Meaning

The name Nina is a girl's name of Russian origin.

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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Rank in US: #320

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Famous People Named Nina

Pop Culture References for the name Nina

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.