Mineko

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Given Name MINEKO
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Japanese
OTHER SCRIPTS: 峰子, 峯子, 嶺子, 岑子, 美猫, 美年子, 美根子, 美祢子, みね子, みねこ (hiragana), ミネコ (katakana)
PRONOUNCED: mee-ne-ko
CONTRIBUTOR: lilolaf on 3/23/2016
LAST EDITOR: m4yb3_daijirou on 5/16/2016   [revision history]
Meaning & History
This name combines 峰/峯 (hou, ne, mine) meaning "peak, summit," 嶺 (ryou, rei, mine) with the same meaning as the first two kanji or 岑 (gin, shin, mine), an outdated kanji with the meaning "mountaintop, peak," with 子 (shi, su, tsu, ko, -ko, ne) meaning "child, sign of the rat (1st sign of Chinese zodiac)."
Alternatively, 美 (bi, mi, utsuku.shii) meaning "beauty/iful" can be combined with 猫 (byou, neko) meaning "cat" or 年 (nen, toshi, ne) meaning "year," 根 (kon, ne, -ne) meaning "head (pimple), radical, root" or 祢 (dei, nai, ne) meaning "ancestral shrine" with 子. Also, it can be combined with two phonetic characters resembling Mine (みね/ミネ) with 子.

Bearers of this name include businesswoman and writer Mineko Iwasaki (岩崎 峰子) (1949-) and actress & Enka singer Mineko Nishikawa (仁支川 峰子), born Mineko Fukuda (福田 峰子) (1958-).