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since 1880
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in the U.S.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Min
  1. a dialect of Chinese.
    synonyms: Min dialect, Fukkianese, Hokkianese, Amoy, Taiwanese.
  2. an Egyptian god of procreation.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province
  2. An Egyptian god of procreation
  3. A unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour ("he ran a 4 minute mile")

From minute.

From Middle English min, from Old English min (“less; small, mean”), from Proto-Germanic *minniz (“less”), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“small, little”). Cognate with Scots min (“less, lesser”), West Frisian min (“small, bad”), Dutch min (“less, small”), Low German minn (“small, low, lean”), German minder (“less”), Icelandic minna (“less”), Latin minus (“less”).

From Middle English min, minne, from Old Norse minni (“memory”), from Proto-Germanic *gaminþiją (“memory, remembrance”), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think”). Related to Icelandic minni (“memory”), German Minne (“love”). More at mine.

  1. (obsolete) Memory; remembrance.
    ... and faith I've done that same and found me ; ... — Joshiah Gilbet Holland, "Sevenoaks", 1875

From Middle English minnen, mynnen, from Old Norse minna (“to bring to mind”), from minni (“memory”). See above.

Abbreviation of minimum.

  1. minimum
    "He's gotta be at least 60, min!"

    min was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Arigidi, Asturian, Basque, Cornish, Crimean Tatar, Danish, Dutch, Elfdalian, Esperanto, Galician, Guayabero, Hungarian, Ido, Irish, Japanese, Kurdish, Latvian, Livonian, Lojban, Maltese, Mandarin, Middle Dutch, Middle High German, Northern Sami, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Novial, Old Dutch, Old English, Old High German, Old Saxon, Picard, Scottish Gaelic, Swedish, Unami, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Min

    Min Hyo-rin is an actor, singing, actress, and singer. Min was given the name Jung Eun-ran on February 5th, 1986 in Daegu.


    Min Kyung-hoon is a k-rock and pop rock singing. He has had major accomplishments since 2003. Min was born on October 6th, 1984 in Seoul.


    Min is a singing, actor, singer, and actress. Min was given the name Lee Min-young on June 21st, 1991 in South Korea. Min is also known as Min.


    Sunye is a singing, actor, missionary, singer, and actress. Sunye was given the name Min Sun-ye on August 12th, 1989 in Seoul.


    Han Groo is an actor, singing, actress, and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Han was given the name Min Han-geu-ru on May 29th, 1992 in Namyangju.


    Dohee is a k-pop singing and actor. She plays Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Dohee was given the name Min Do-hee on September 25th, 1994 in Yeosu.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Min

    Namkoong Min is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Namkoong was born on March 12th, 1978 in Seoul. Namkoong is also known as Namgoong and Min.


    Min is a singing, actor, singer, and actress. Min was given the name Lee Min-young on June 21st, 1991 in South Korea. Min is also known as Min.


    Hong Kyung-Min is a pop rock and latin dance singing, actor, and disc jockey. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Drum kit, Saxophone, and Harmonica. He was most active from 1997 to present. Hong was given the name Hangul:홍성민Hanja: 洪性旻Revised Romanization: Hong Seong Min on February 9th, 1976.


    Josephine Teo Li Min is a politician. Her career lasted from 2006 to 2015. Josephine was given the name Yeo Li Min on July 8th, 1968 in Singapore.


    Anchee was born on January 14th, 1957 in Shanghai.


    Janice Min is an editor and writer. She holds the title Co-President, Chief Creative Officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, and Co-President andChief Creative Officerof The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. Janice was born Janice Min on August 13th, 1969 in Atlanta.


    How popular is the baby name Min in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1953 5 5 0
    1971 11 5 6
    1972 12 7 5
    1977 5 0 5
    1978 7 7 0
    1979 10 5 5
    1981 15 7 8
    1982 25 8 17
    1983 25 11 14
    1984 19 9 10
    1985 21 10 11
    1986 22 6 16
    1987 15 6 9
    1988 21 12 9
    1989 25 12 13
    1990 25 12 13
    1991 24 9 15
    1992 14 9 5
    1993 30 17 13
    1994 28 8 20
    1995 26 9 17
    1996 22 8 14
    1997 20 9 11
    1998 18 6 12
    1999 23 6 17
    2000 7 0 7
    2001 9 0 9
    2002 21 10 11
    2003 7 0 7
    2004 18 6 12
    2005 19 8 11
    2006 9 0 9
    2007 15 6 9
    2008 5 0 5
    2009 8 0 8
    2011 6 0 6
    2013 9 0 9
    2014 7 0 7
    2016 10 5 5
    2017 8 0 8

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    Popularity of Min as a last name

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    Common last names for Min

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    Common first names for Min

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Min U.S.
      White 3.68% 64.26%
      African American 0.43% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 92.15% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.07% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.74% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.93% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Min

    People with the last name Min are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Min

    • How Popular is the name Min? Min is the 14,166th most popular name of all time. As a last name Min was the 5,026th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Min have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 626 babies born with the first name Min in the United States. That's more than enough people named Min to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Min? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1953 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Min first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Min is Sunday, June 18th, 1882.
    • What year had the most people named Min born? The highest recorded use of the first name Min was in 1994 with a total of 20 babies.
    • Random Min Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Min is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2002.
    • Weird things about the name Min: Your name in reverse order is Nim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inm. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Min? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,982 people with the last name Min.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Min? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Min as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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