Minerva

First Name
15k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
673
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Minerva mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Minerva

"Minerva" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Goddess of Wisdom". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mi*ner"va
The goddess of wisdom, of war, of the arts and sciences, of poetry, and of spinning and weaving; -- identified with the Grecian Pallas Athene.

Etymology: L

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Roman mythology) goddess of wisdom; counterpart of Greek Athena
Wiktionary

From Latin Minerva, from Etruscan, originally from Proto-Indo-European *men-es-weh₂, extended from the stem *men-s- (“mind”) (Sanskrit मनस् (manas, “mind”), compare manas-vin- (“full of mind or sense”)), ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think”).

  1. (Roman mythology) The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, and the arts, especially crafts and in particular weaving. She is the Roman counterpart of Athena.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 93 Minerva, a main belt asteroid.
  3. (poetic) wisdom

Minerva was also found in the following language(s): Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Minerva

Minerva Urecal was a radio, stage, film, television actress, theatre, television, and andtelevisionactress. She was most prominent from 1933 to 1966. Minerva was given the name Minerva Holzer on September 22nd, 1894 in Eureka, California, U.S. She breathed her last breath on February 26th, 1966.

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Minerva Tavárez Mirabal is a Representative for National District’s circumscription # Vice Foreign Minister, and Representative forNational District’s circumscription #1. Minerva was born on August 31st, 1956. Minerva is also known as Minou.

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Minerva was born on August 28th, 1888 in Ogden, Utah. She breathed her last breath on May 3rd, 1976.

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Minerva "Eva" Castillo is a singing. She was most prominent from 2009 to present. Minerva was given the name Minerva Castillo in 1969 in Tondo, Manila.

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Minerva J. Chapman was an artist in the fields of painter and painting. Minerva was born on December 6th, 1858 in Sand Bank, now Altmar, New York. She left this life on June 14th, 1947.

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Minerva was born in 1975 in Mexico City.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Minerva

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Maria Minerva is a lo-fi music, chillwave, electronica, house music, nu-disco, dub, experimental/avant-garde, hypnagogic pop, and dub music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2010. Maria was given the name Maria Juur on March 15th, 1988 in Tallinn. Maria is also known as Juur and Maria.

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Minerva was born in 1978.

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Ponce was born in 1114. He breathed his last breath in 1175.

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Francesco Minerva was a cleric. Francesco was born on January 31st, 1904. He died on August 23rd, 2004.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 63 63 0
1881 53 53 0
1882 56 56 0
1883 52 52 0
1884 73 73 0
1885 77 77 0
1886 65 65 0
1887 64 64 0
1888 79 79 0
1889 79 79 0
1890 89 89 0
1891 59 59 0
1892 82 82 0
1893 61 61 0
1894 82 82 0
1895 75 75 0
1896 98 98 0
1897 74 74 0
1898 79 79 0
1899 82 82 0
1900 101 101 0
1901 84 84 0
1902 88 88 0
1903 76 76 0
1904 64 64 0
1905 88 88 0
1906 84 84 0
1907 63 63 0
1908 85 85 0
1909 95 95 0
1910 100 100 0
1911 114 114 0
1912 111 111 0
1913 145 145 0
1914 139 139 0
1915 205 205 0
1916 181 181 0
1917 211 211 0
1918 200 200 0
1919 185 185 0
1920 204 204 0
1921 202 202 0
1922 197 197 0
1923 155 155 0
1924 183 183 0
1925 185 185 0
1926 143 143 0
1927 157 157 0
1928 153 153 0
1929 159 159 0
1930 157 157 0
1931 137 137 0
1932 146 146 0
1933 125 125 0
1934 126 126 0
1935 101 101 0
1936 104 104 0
1937 116 116 0
1938 121 121 0
1939 114 114 0
1940 105 105 0
1941 118 118 0
1942 123 123 0
1943 150 150 0
1944 155 155 0
1945 112 112 0
1946 143 143 0
1947 130 130 0
1948 147 147 0
1949 154 154 0
1950 144 144 0
1951 168 168 0
1952 171 171 0
1953 195 195 0
1954 185 185 0
1955 221 221 0
1956 193 193 0
1957 211 211 0
1958 206 206 0
1959 179 179 0
1960 206 206 0
1961 217 217 0
1962 158 158 0
1963 179 179 0
1964 148 148 0
1965 154 154 0
1966 129 129 0
1967 154 154 0
1968 117 117 0
1969 124 124 0
1970 127 127 0
1971 120 120 0
1972 110 110 0
1973 127 127 0
1974 91 91 0
1975 100 100 0
1976 124 124 0
1977 95 95 0
1978 74 74 0
1979 102 102 0
1980 97 97 0
1981 112 112 0
1982 90 90 0
1983 76 76 0
1984 64 64 0
1985 82 82 0
1986 84 84 0
1987 71 71 0
1988 70 70 0
1989 91 91 0
1990 90 90 0
1991 81 81 0
1992 84 84 0
1993 67 67 0
1994 71 71 0
1995 61 61 0
1996 58 58 0
1997 56 56 0
1998 52 52 0
1999 48 48 0
2000 51 51 0
2001 45 45 0
2002 54 54 0
2003 61 61 0
2004 58 58 0
2005 59 59 0
2006 65 65 0
2007 72 72 0
2008 48 48 0
2009 41 41 0
2010 37 37 0
2011 38 38 0
2012 39 39 0
2013 46 46 0
2014 47 47 0
2015 51 51 0
2016 65 65 0
2017 68 68 0

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Popularity of Minerva as a first name

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Popularity of Minerva as a last name

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Common last names for Minerva

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Minerva U.S.
  White 83.66% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.12% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Minerva

People with the last name Minerva are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Minerva

  • What name lists does Minerva rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Minerva? Minerva is the 1,975th most popular name of all time. As a last name Minerva was the 33,810th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Minerva have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,162 babies born with the first name Minerva in the United States. That's more than enough people named Minerva to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Minerva? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 63 new born babies.
  • When was Minerva first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Minerva is Monday, March 19th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Minerva born? The highest recorded use of the first name Minerva was in 1955 with a total of 221 babies.
  • Random Minerva Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Minerva is not a popular baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 15 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Minerva: Your name in reverse order is Avrenim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Earnvmi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Minerva? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 673 people with the last name Minerva.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Minerva? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Minerva as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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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