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What does Minna mean?

Minna Pronunciation of Minna [min-na] as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Minna is "determined protector". Variant of Wilhelmina. Mina is popular in Germany.

Associated with: determined, protector (defender).


Minna has 7 variants: Min, Mina, Minetta, Minette, Minne, Minnie and Minny.

Related girl name: Adamina.

6 more related forms via Mina, Wilhelmina: Billa, Mena, Vilma, Willa, Wilma and Wilna.

Creative forms:
(female) Mini, Minnue, ..

(male) Mini, Minnai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Minna Addilyn (M.A.), ..

How popular is Minna?

Minna is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2678 out of 4276, Top 63%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Minna reached its apex rank of #450 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Minna name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Minna outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Mena, Mina (#761 in 2015), Minetta, Minne, Minnie, Vilma, Wilhelmina (#1619), Willa (#481), Wilma and Wilna are the prominent alternative forms of Minna. These relations of Minna were at the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (median #990) and are now significantly less popular (#1714, 98.2%). Mina has been the most recognizable form, though Willa has become trendy as well over time, while versions such as Wilhelmina have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Minna, Mena, Mina, Minetta, Minne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Minnie, Vilma, Wilhelmina, Willa, Wilma, Wilna in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Minna, Wilma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Minna is pronounced similarly to Manya, Mayana, Meena, Minnee, Miyana, Miyanna, Moana, Moina, Mona, Monah, Monay, Monet, Monna, Monnie, Mouna, Mounia, Moyna and Muna. Other recommended names are Aina, Bina, Brinna, Ciana, Cianna, Danna, Denna, Fina, Genna, Ginna, Guinna, Gunna, Gwinna, Hanna, Hinna, Honna, Jiana, Jianna, Jinna, Kianna, Kinna, Lanna, Liana, Linna, Manda, Marna, Merna, Mika, Milena, Milla, Mima, Mimma, Minda, Mindy, Minta, Minty, Mira, Mirja, Mirna, Mirta, Myrna, Nanna, Nonna, Qiana, Riana, Riona, Ronna, Sanna, Signa, Tiana, Tianna, Tionna, Vanna, Venna, Vianna, Yanna and Yionna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Minna.

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