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What does Nina mean?

Nina Pronunciation of Nina 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. Also form of Anne.


ASSOCIATED WITH little, great, pretty (beautiful)


VARIANTS Neena, Neenah, Nena, Neneh, Neina, Nenna, Ninacska, Nineta, Ninete, Ninetta, Ninette, Ninnette, Ninon, Ninochka, Ninoska, Ninotchka, Nyna



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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 #319. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nina name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Nina (#319 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) appearing in the Top 2000 are Anne (#599), Ann (#983), Antonina and Nena. These relations of Nina reached the height of their popularity a century ago (USAGE OF 1%) and have become significantly less common since (USAGE 0.1%, 89.5% LESS), with forms such as Ann falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nina, Ann, Anne, Antonina, Nena in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nina is alike in pronunciation to Nana, Nani, Nania, Nanna, Nanni, Nanny, Nona, Nonah, Noni, Nonie, Nonna, Nonnah and Pnina. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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