What does Nina mean?
Nina /ni-na/ [2 sylls.] 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) "He (God) has favored me". 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.
Affiliated girl name: Anne.more]
How popular is Nina?
Nina is a very popular first name for women (#268 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#34503 out of 150436, Top 23%). (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. in the 1880s, and is currently at #295. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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 the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5816%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.2709%, 53.4% less), with the forms Ann, Anne, Antonina, Nanette and Annie falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.