What does Nina mean?
Nina [ni-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.
Affiliated girl name: Anne.Creative forms:
(female) Nica, Nine, ..
(male) Ninai, Nini, .. Middle name pairings:
Nina Freyja (N.F.), ..
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. Demographics)
Nina reached its peak position of #126 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #300. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Nina (#300 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000 are Anne (#569 from current records), Ann (#893), Antonina and Nena. These relations of Nina reached the height of their popularity a century ago (usage of 0.9%) and have become significantly less common since (usage 0.1%, 88.4% less), with forms such as Anne falling out of fashion.
Nina is alike in pronunciation to Nana, Nani, Nania, Nanna, Nanni, Nanny, Nona▼, Nonah, Noni, Nonie, Nonna, Nonnah and Pnina. Other suggested similar 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.See names in meaning and etymology.