Nina

First Name
126k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
849
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Nina mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Nina

"Nina" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "Little Girl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Nina
A goddess of the watery deep and daughter of Ea.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Babylonian goddess of the watery deep and daughter of Ea
Wiktionary

Borrowed into English in the nineteenth century, apparently from several sources. Many borrowings are of Russian Ни́на (Nína), the name of a Georgian fourth century saint, also known as Nino, of obscure origin and meaning, possibly connected with the Assyrian king Ninus. Others are of an Italian short form of diminutives like Annina from Anna and Giovannina from Giovanna.

Phonologically or orthographically similar names are present in several languages, including Afrikaans, Hindi, Italian, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and some Native American languages. In many of those, it is a nickname for names ending in -ina or -nina.

  1. A female given name in continuous use since the 19th century.
  2. The Babylonian goddess of the watery deep, daughter of Ea.

Nina was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Nina

Nina Dobrev is an actress and model. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Nina was given the name Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva on January 9th, 1989 in Sofia.

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Nina Simone was a rhythm, blues, jazz, folk music, soul music, and gospel music musician. Her career lasted from 1954 to 2003. Nina was given the name Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21st, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, U.S. She breathed her last breath on April 21st, 2003.

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Nina was born on December 3rd, 1985 in Weston, Florida.

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Nina was given the name Nina Brohus Agdal on March 26th, 1992 in Denmark.

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Nina Nesbitt is a folk rock, pop music, acoustic music, and rock music singer-songwriter and musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Nina was born on July 11th, 1994 in Edinburgh.

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Jessica Seinfeld is an author and philanthropist. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Jessica was given the name Nina Danielle Sklar on September 12th, 1971 in Oyster Bay (hamlet), New York.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nina

Niña is a singer, songwriter, record producer, tv and radio personality, model, and philanthropist. She holds the title Jealous", Foolish Heart", and Through the Fire ". Her ongoing career started in 2000. Niña was born on November 1st, 1980 in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Mizz Nina is a rhythm, blues, dance-pop, electropop, pop music, and hip hop music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 2013. Mizz was given the name Shazrina binti Azman on July 1st, 1980.

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Baroness van Pallandt Nina is an actress and singer. She was most prominent from 1958 to 1988. Baroness was given the name Nina Magdelene Møller-Hasselbalch on July 15th, 1932 in Denmark.

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Túpac was given the name Julián Apasa Nina in 1750. Túpac is also known as Catari and Túpaj Katari. He died on November 15th, 1781.

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Song was born on April 7th, 1980 in Anshan.

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Lorenzo was born on May 12th, 1812. He died on July 25th, 1885.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 119 119 0
1881 123 123 0
1882 171 171 0
1883 177 177 0
1884 187 187 0
1885 198 193 5
1886 238 238 0
1887 266 266 0
1888 304 304 0
1889 315 315 0
1890 314 314 0
1891 273 273 0
1892 340 340 0
1893 330 330 0
1894 347 347 0
1895 353 348 5
1896 320 320 0
1897 336 336 0
1898 383 383 0
1899 390 390 0
1900 376 376 0
1901 295 295 0
1902 369 369 0
1903 345 345 0
1904 348 348 0
1905 354 354 0
1906 340 340 0
1907 433 433 0
1908 449 449 0
1909 434 434 0
1910 478 478 0
1911 466 466 0
1912 582 582 0
1913 668 668 0
1914 828 828 0
1915 1,085 1,085 0
1916 1,135 1,130 5
1917 1,160 1,154 6
1918 1,171 1,165 6
1919 1,124 1,124 0
1920 1,226 1,226 0
1921 1,212 1,212 0
1922 1,131 1,131 0
1923 1,191 1,191 0
1924 1,217 1,212 5
1925 1,202 1,197 5
1926 1,116 1,111 5
1927 1,057 1,057 0
1928 1,029 1,022 7
1929 968 968 0
1930 1,001 996 5
1931 1,002 997 5
1932 974 974 0
1933 976 976 0
1934 1,032 1,027 5
1935 975 966 9
1936 942 937 5
1937 906 901 5
1938 977 972 5
1939 917 917 0
1940 912 912 0
1941 883 877 6
1942 915 915 0
1943 939 939 0
1944 1,007 1,007 0
1945 882 882 0
1946 1,012 1,012 0
1947 1,004 999 5
1948 1,022 1,022 0
1949 943 943 0
1950 1,009 1,009 0
1951 1,036 1,036 0
1952 1,358 1,358 0
1953 1,375 1,375 0
1954 1,486 1,486 0
1955 1,354 1,354 0
1956 1,330 1,325 5
1957 1,323 1,318 5
1958 1,196 1,196 0
1959 1,346 1,341 5
1960 1,243 1,236 7
1961 1,245 1,238 7
1962 1,284 1,279 5
1963 1,273 1,273 0
1964 1,142 1,142 0
1965 1,065 1,060 5
1966 1,062 1,062 0
1967 979 979 0
1968 805 805 0
1969 823 813 10
1970 826 826 0
1971 839 839 0
1972 804 798 6
1973 746 741 5
1974 731 731 0
1975 726 726 0
1976 566 566 0
1977 625 625 0
1978 563 563 0
1979 858 858 0
1980 1,895 1,888 7
1981 1,706 1,700 6
1982 1,433 1,426 7
1983 1,343 1,343 0
1984 1,350 1,340 10
1985 1,204 1,198 6
1986 1,083 1,073 10
1987 1,272 1,264 8
1988 1,234 1,226 8
1989 1,179 1,169 10
1990 1,110 1,102 8
1991 1,099 1,099 0
1992 1,049 1,049 0
1993 1,016 1,016 0
1994 1,062 1,057 5
1995 994 988 6
1996 1,157 1,157 0
1997 1,283 1,283 0
1998 1,348 1,348 0
1999 1,437 1,437 0
2000 1,428 1,428 0
2001 1,305 1,305 0
2002 1,319 1,319 0
2003 1,356 1,356 0
2004 1,324 1,324 0
2005 1,287 1,287 0
2006 1,211 1,211 0
2007 1,270 1,270 0
2008 1,227 1,227 0
2009 1,149 1,149 0
2010 1,001 1,001 0
2011 1,048 1,048 0
2012 1,089 1,089 0
2013 1,111 1,111 0
2014 1,106 1,106 0
2015 1,077 1,077 0
2016 1,043 1,043 0
2017 1,009 1,009 0

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Popularity of Nina as a first name

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Popularity of Nina as a last name

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Common last names for Nina

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Hall
  • Baker
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Adams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nina U.S.
  White 16.25% 64.26%
  African American 2.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 76.91% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nina

People with the last name Nina are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Nina

  • What name lists does Nina rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Nina? Nina is the 558th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nina was the 28,176th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nina have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 126,126 babies born with the first name Nina in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nina to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nina? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 119 new born babies.
  • When was Nina first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nina is Tuesday, December 3rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Nina born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nina was in 1980 with a total of 1,888 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nina!
  • Random Nina Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nina ranks 96th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 68 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Nina: Your name in reverse order is Anin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nian. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nina? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 849 people with the last name Nina.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nina? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nina as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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