What does Minerva mean?
Minerva \m(i)-ner-va, min(e)-rva\ 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.
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. then, 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. Adoption of these girl names reached its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2973%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.2683%, down 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)