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The name Minna can also be derived from the Old German word "Minne" meaning love. Originally, the word conveyed a sort of reminiscent and reverent "courtly" love, and not so much passion.
nimiane  1/10/2006
Minna (or Mina) is a very popular name in Serbia, because of writer Mina Karadzich.
vmzupa  1/24/2006
There is a play by German writer Lessing which is called "Minna von Barnhelm", the same as the main character.
rainbow_Maya  3/5/2006
In Germany it is pronounced MIN-a, with a short first syllable. Not MEE-na. [noted -ed]
rainbow_Maya  7/3/2006
Minna is the name of the capital of Nifer in west central Nigeria, about 50 miles northwest of Abuja.
AndrewJKD  4/13/2008
I can see the appeal of Minna internationally; many find Wilhelmina overwhelming.
vomiting  5/13/2010
"The Rise of Minna Nordstrom" is a Mr. Mulliner short story by P. G. Wodehouse.
ALOF10  12/10/2012
Can also derive from Old High German Minna "love" (modern German Minne "intimate, romantic love" [now poetic or archaic]) or Old Norse minni "memory". Both are descendants of Proto-Indo-European *men-, *mnā- "to think; mind, intellect; spiritual activity" and of Proto-Germanic *minþiją "memory, remembrance".

Thus, this name can be seen as a distant relative of the name Minerva and of the modern English words "mind", "mine", and even "mint" (as in a coin mint).
Randee15  4/4/2014
The Finnish pronunciation is MIN-na; MEE-na would be written Miina (which in fact is another existing Finnish name).
pecc  4/4/2016
Also used in Sweden. [noted -ed]
Caprice  5/26/2016
Pronounced MIN-NAH in Finland, short I, double N.
Yeremeh  10/29/2017

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