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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010


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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

Fun Facts about the name Min

  • How many people with the first name Min have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 608 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 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Min is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2013.
  • 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 Mni. 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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Popularity of Min as a first name

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Popularity of Min as a last name

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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Min" mean? The list below shows the origins of Min as well as things modernly associated with the name Min such as celebrities named Min.


Origin and Meaning of Min

The name "Min" is of Irish origin, and it means "smooth: fine: small". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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

    Min Woo

    Min was born in 1980.


    Other Inspirations for the Name Min

    Min Aung Hlaing
    Min Hyo Rin
    Min Maxing
    Min Pin
    Min Pin Puppies
    Min Pin Rescue Virginia
    Min Su
    Min Wage In Pa

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Min

    Hong Kyung Min

    Hong Kyung Min is a singer, actor, and dj specializing in pop rock and latin dance music with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1 to present. Hong was born in 1976 as Hangul:??? Hanja: ??? Revised Romanization: Hong Seong Min.


    Kim Min

    Kim was born in 1975.


    Choi Chang Min

    Choi was born in 1981.


    What does the name Min mean?

    Mis for mild, your mild and gentle way.

    Iis for inclusive, never leaving others out

    Nis for novel, don't get too complicated!

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