What does Minerva mean?
Minerva /min-er-va/ 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.
VariationsKreatif forms: Manerva, Minerma, Minerna. [more]
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) is the only other popular variation form of Minerva appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these forms of Minerva was at its peak in 2014 (average #597), except for the form Minerva which has become less in vogue. Athena has been the overall favorite. (2014 Birth Statistics)