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What does Nina mean?

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) "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.


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

For more information, 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 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. 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 the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5816%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.2709%, down 53.4%), 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.