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Meaning and Name Origin

Nina \n(i)-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced NEE-nah, NYNE-ah. It is of Spanish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Nina is "little girl; great-granddaughter". Also diminutive of Ann (Hebrew) "grace". In Slavic, a short form of names ending with -nina, such as Antonina. Neena is also a Hindi name meaning "pretty eyes". Nina was the name of one of Christopher Columbus's three ships. Ballerina Dame Ninette de Valois.


Nina has 17 variants: Neena, Neenah, Neina, Nena, Neneh, Nenna, Ninacska, Nineta, Ninete, Ninetta, Ninette, Ninnette, Ninochka, Ninon, Ninoska, Ninotchka and Nyna.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Anne.

Nina has 4 more alternative forms via Ann, Ninette: Annie, Nanete, Nanette and Nynette.


Nina is a very popular first name for women (#268 out of 4276, Top 6%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#55212 out of 88799, Top 62%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Nina for girls. Nina reached its peak position of #126 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #295. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nina name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Nina and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Nina (#295 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Annie (#311 the previous year), Anne (#553), Ann (#945), Nena, Antonina and Nanette. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1950-1959 and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Ann, Anne, Antonina, Nanette and Annie falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ann, Anne, Annie, Antonina, Nanette, Nena, Nina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Annie, Nina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nina is alike in pronunciation to Nana, Nani, Nania, Nanna, Nona, Nonah, Noni, Nonna and Pnina. Other suggested similar baby names are Aina, Bina, Dina, Fina, Gina, Jina, Kina, Lina, Mina, Naima, Nan, Nann, Neima, Nia, Nika, Nila, Ninfa, Nioma, Nira, Nita, Rina, Sina, Tina, Vina, Wina and Zina. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nina.