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I love the mysterious feel to this name. I love this so much. I love the meaning too, being smart is a good thing.
I love it as a first and middle name.
SaltyLemon123456  8/18/2020
This name really shows people that you value knowledge. It's a lot to live up to, but if you want to raise a dignified, intelligent woman this is a good start. The Greek equivalent, Athena, is becoming extremely popular in the U.S. so this is one alternative. The nickname Minnie may remind people of Disney. There is a Minerva statue in Brooklyn that faces the Statue of Liberty. It's a statue with an interesting story, look it up!
― Anonymous User  8/9/2020
There are Minerva statues all over the world and on many emblems, including the California state seal. While it may sound like a mouthful on a little girl, it has lots of nickname possibilities such as: Minnie, Mina, Mimi, and Min. It has strong historical connotations.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2020
I can't picture it on little girls. I just can't. Not saying it's a bad name or whatnot but modern day families like to use "quirkier" names like Kenzie or Oaklynn, they forget older gems like such.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2020
In the Fire Emblem video game series, there is a character named Minerva. She is a warrior princess of the Kingdom of Macedon. She wears red armor, rides atop a wyvern and wields a legendary battleax dubbed Hauteclere, one of the strongest weapons in the series. She is strong, thinks very seriously, carries herself very well, and I can't help but admire the character for it.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2019
I think Minerva is a cool name. I was playing Valkyria Chronicles 4 and one of the characters is named Minerva. Also, Minerva in Harry Potter is a life-saving, caring, smart, no nonsense type. I am not big on nicknames but would probably just use Min.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2019
The name is kinda... Old I guess? After all it IS the Roman goddess of wisdom so I guess it has a beautiful meaning to it.
xXpastellXx  4/12/2019
A bit too out there for me.
Luvbug86  4/6/2019
Beautiful old-fashioned name, though it reminds me of mineral water.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2019
My birth control pill is called Minerva.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2018
In 2018, 49 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Minerva who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 2, 131st most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
I like the name Minerva; however, in the USA you could never use the nickname Minnie. It is horribly diminishing and just could not be used here without terrible backlash on the poor child.
― Anonymous User  10/7/2018
This is an all around wonderful name. Minerva sounds lovely, the meaning is awesome, and it has nicknames (Minnie or Mimi). I love it! I've never read Harry Potter, so I don't care about the association.
kayisforkeen  8/5/2018
Minerva Mink from Animaniacs.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2018
A very unique name. I didn't like Minerva at first because it reminded me of minerals, but I like how powerful and beautiful it sounds now. Hopefully, this name doesn't get too tied to Harry Potter.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2018
My daughter's name is Minerva. It sounds good and I am happy with this name.
Milindrenuse  3/4/2018
My name is Minerva. I gave birth to a beautiful girl in 7-21-94. I named her Athena. The name reflects the two of us combined and I knew in this cruel world my kids would need every weapon to survive. I've always believed that naming your child with purpose gave them a strong personality.
Minerva10  12/10/2016
The name Minerva was given to 51 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
This is a very beautiful name. I love the sound of it but would never give it to a child due to the Harry Potter references.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2016
Minerva is a name I readily associate with the Roman counterpart of Athena and the Potter character Professor McGonagall. Either way, I doubt if a daughter would have any gripes, because:
1) Athena and Minerva are the goddesses of wisdom and intelligence.
2) Professor McGonagall is a perfectly acceptable namesake, for she is a vital character in the stories.
I don't think only Potter fans would use this, or that it will immediately be teased at, because the character is perfectly respectable and wise. Besides, people need to look past associations to focus on the name itself.
[That doesn't apply to all names but here it does apply].
Amedee Lupien  3/1/2016
American actress Minerva Urecal (1894-1966), born Minerva Holzer. Her professional name comes from her home town of Eureka California.
Kosta  3/26/2015
Minerva is a character on The Garfield Show who is Jon's child cousin.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2014
I heard the song Minerva by The Deftones a long time ago and have loved this name ever since.
Don't think I would use it on an actual person though. A pet maybe. But not my kid.
citylights  8/27/2013
Although this name has a lovely meaning and history, it reminds me of the word "nervous", which is not a word I particularly like. However, the word "nerve" can have a good connotation, as in "I got nerve!".
Tiger Lilly  7/2/2013
Minnie Mouse's real name is actually Minerva.

I think of Minerva as strong, intelligent and beautiful but dangerous-sounding (but not cold). I think it's a great name! I love it!
LadyVanRaven  4/22/2013
My name is Minerva and honestly I don't think it sounds "cold". It's actually quite nice. I use the nickname Minnie for myself. It has stuck around since I was a little girl. People use it when they have trouble pronouncing my name. The name is nice itself because it's very unique. I've only met one person with it.
MinervaM  3/2/2013
This name could also come from men, "mental", and nerva, "strength" which, meaning wise makes a great deal of sense. But the two parts I have suggested may come from two separate languages.
Sabella Authoress  10/16/2012
I wish I knew a prettier way to pronounce this name, because I really love the spelling, meaning and conotation, but the harsh "er" sound makes me sad. But I love the comment about McGonagall--she is awesome!
Sabella Authoress  9/20/2012
American actress and model Minerva Mendez (born 1992 in Hollywood, California).
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
It reminds me of a witch who has warts all over her face.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2012
Minerva "Mini" McGuinness is a fictional character on the British television show "Skins" (2007-).
batbright  8/11/2011
I really love this name, I think it sounds really intelligent, historical, and just generally an all-round nice name, but it always makes me think of Maggie Smith playing Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter, but I think that's a good thing. :)
walesgal92  11/1/2009
This name is stunning. I haven't come across it as of yet on a real person.
vomiting  8/26/2009
It sounds pretty, but it has that snobbish, elitist feel to it.
bananarama  11/4/2008
This name is just getting on my nerve-a. Sorry, but that's the way it is. Athena is wonderful compared to this.
― Anonymous User  10/16/2008
My wife's name and it suits her perfectly, even with the description of 'cold'. We have a great relationship and she's an excellent mother, but she's a chemistry prof.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2008
I *strongly* prefer Minerva to Athena. ♥
Wordsmith  5/7/2008
After reading the comments section here, I have stopped liking this name. It strikes me as a pretty, but cold name now. In English, the name has that ''nerve'' sound to it that sounds bad anyway, and it's quite an elitist name, even if it sounds nice in other languages.
slight night shiver  4/30/2008
In mythology, the boastful girl Arachne challenged Minerva into a web-weaving contest. After that, Arachne was turned into a spider.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2007
My niece was named Minerva after one of her mother's friends that passed away. When she told me the name I thought it was quite odd for a child. But as she grew and took on the nickname Minnie it really seemed to fit her as a child and she can use the full name when she gets older.
Naphtahalia  11/5/2007
This name sounds fun. Minnie would also be a cute nickname for a little girl. Also, in response to what soleta said, if it is a fraternity for girls, then it is called a sorority.
mhavril39  10/23/2007
Minerva is also used in Spanish-speaking countries. Also a famous bearer was Minerva Mirabal, an activist in the Dominican Republic who was supposedly murdered by Trujillo.
― Anonymous User  8/5/2007
A Dutch student fraternity, for women who study at the university of Leiden, is called "Minerva".
This fraternity has a reputation of being strict about who may join Minerva (including a horrific hazing for introduction and later on dress codes and many obligations) and it is said that they have a great influence in the business world: influential business people who where Minerva members help young ones to get hired at good firms, a ticket to excellent jobs, so to speak.
So I think, the name Minerva suits this fraternity very well. Highly intelligent, but cruel, cold and without mercy.
soleta  4/20/2007
I think Minerva is a much prettier name than Athena. It sounds like a beautiful, intelligent woman who will go far in life.
black_lace  3/15/2007
Famous bearer: Minerva Paradizo, a female genius in "Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony" by Eoin Colfer.
someone1  12/22/2006
My real name is Minerva, I believe names are really important because the origin may determine some things in our life. Minerva (or Atenea) has a powerful meaning and a very interesting story. I agree it is as a name for an intelligent and attractive woman, it might be a strong name for a kid, but it gives a lot of personality to an adult (at least in my country).
minerva  9/24/2006
Minerva is indeed a femme fatale, and that goes to it's meaning "intellect" but also because of the way it sounds, so mysterious and too "strong." And I must agree Athena sounds simpler and prettier to me. This name to me conjures images of a very intelligent yet not-so-nice, mystery woman with a whole lot of "bad" attitude. Personally, not very nice for a child.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2006
I don't really like this name because it either reminds of Harry Potter or that character from 'Animaniacs' who was totally annoying...and both are literally. Just my opinion though.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2006
A nice, beautiful and strong name. I like its meaning and pronunciation. It sounds like an intelligent, successful and attractive woman.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2006
I don't like this name; its Greek equivalent, Athena, is much prettier. By the way, all you Harry Potter people are absolutely crazy.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2006
Famous bearer: Minerva McGonagall. She is the professor of transfiguration, head of Gryffindor house, and, since the ending of the Harry Potter books, the new Headmistress.
echo_of_the_past  7/31/2005
The name "Minerva" may have derived from the Indo-European root "Men" as of "mental" and "memory" came from. Minerva is the daughter of Jupiter and Juno. Minerva was considered to be the virgin goddess of warriors, poetry, wisdom, commerce, crafts, music and medicine. Minerva is the Roman adaptation of the Greek Athena.
Tbird  7/18/2005

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