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What does Minette mean?

Minette Pronunciation of Minette as a girls' name is of Latin, German and Old German origin, and the name Minette means "star of the sea; love; determined protector". Minette is an alternate form of Mary (Latin). Minette is also a derivative of Mina (German). Minette is also used as a derivative of Minna (Old German).


ASSOCIATED WITH star, sea, determined, protector (defender)


VARIANTS Minnette, Manette

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA MARY, MINA, MINNA Maretta, Marette, Mariette, Minetta, Minne, Minnie



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How popular is Minette?

Minette is a rare first name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#56826 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Minette (NOT RANKED) are Mary (#126 IN 2018), Mina (#625), Mariette, Minetta, Minna, Minne, Minnette and Minnie. Other variants, like Maretta, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Minette was widespread a century ago (MEDIAN #965) and has become significantly lower since (#1593, 98%), with forms such as Minna becoming somewhat dated. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariette, Mary, Mina, Minetta, Minna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Minne, Minnette, Minnie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Minette is alike in pronunciation to Minuit. Other recommended sound-alike names are Anette, Annette, Arnette, Cinetta, Danette, Finetta, Finette, Genette, Gilette, Ginetta, Ginette, Ginnette, Janette, Jenette, Jonette, Junette, Kinetta, Lanette, Lenette, Linett, Linetta, Linette, Linnette, Lisette, Lizette, Lonette, Lunette, Lynette, Marnette, Mette, Mindee, Mindie, Minta, Minty, Monet, Mosette, Musette, Nanette, Ninete (see Nina), Ninetta, Ninette, Ninnette, Nynette, Ornette, Reinette, Renette, Ronette, Toinette, Tonette, Trinette, Vidette, Vinetta, Vinette, Vynette and Wanette. These names tend to be more frequently used than Minette.

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