What does Minerva mean?
Minerva /min-er-va/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced mi-NER-vah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Minerva is "the mind". Mythology: name of the Roman goddess of wisdom, equivalent to the Greek goddes Athena.
How popular is Minerva?
Minerva is a very popular first name for females (#731 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#35342 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Minerva for girls. Minerva reached its top position of #242 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Minerva and affiliated names. Athena (#195 last year) and Attie are the popular variation forms of Minerva appearing in the Top 1000. Forms like Athenais are uncommon. Adoption of these girl names reached its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2973%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.2683%, ▼9.8%), but with the form Minerva becoming less in vogue. Athena (#195) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)