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My name is Nina. I get compliments on it a lot and people generally like it. Occasionally people just can’t get it and will call me Mia. My close friends call me neener wiener which I doubt anyone else will have to worry about though. Overall a very pretty name.
ninasakura  11/5/2019
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Planning to call my next little girl Nina Rose. Just worried that she will be picked on. Nina kinda sounds like an ambulance sound lol. Still love the name though!
― Anonymous User  9/16/2019
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Nina Rosario is a character in the Broadway musical In The Heights. She is the daughter of Kevin and Camilla Rosario.
picajay  8/23/2019
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Also Belarusian, spelled Ніна. You'll find numerous bearers on social media. [noted -ed]
Frollein Gladys  8/7/2019
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I am Nina (like China) and named after my grandmother. I did not have trouble with mispronunciations until a soap opera in the sixties had a Nina (née an) on the the show. I agree that I usually do not correct someone in passing.

I found most older ladies pronounce it as long I and the younger generations pronounce it with the short I.

I do love my name and am glad that I am usually the only Nina that people know.
― Anonymous User  3/31/2019
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In 2018, 30 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Nina who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 541st most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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My name is Nina I'm very used to people saying "Oh that's a beautiful name," and honestly I love my name. I think that anyone that has the name Nina would also think this too.
ninadorina  10/7/2018
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I'm from the US and have never heard this name pronounced: n•eye•na. Always pronounced nee•na.
― Anonymous User  9/16/2018
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Caricaturist and illustrator Al Hirschfeld's daughter is named Nina.

Also, Nina Davuluri was Miss America 2014.

Oh, and there was this adorable short series on Disney Junior called Nina Needs to Go! It dealt with the life of a little girl named Nina, who had to go potty at the worst moments. It's so cute.
That70sShowGeek  5/16/2018
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Leon Trotsky had a daughter named Nina Nevelson who died at 26.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2018
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This is a simple but beautiful name, it is common enough to not sound strange - but it's not as popular as Sarah or Olivia. Fun fact: People trust strangers with easier-to-pronounce names more than strangers with difficult-to-pronounce names.
xintsu  3/12/2018
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There is a character named Nina in the game "Ascension".
― Anonymous User  3/2/2018
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My aunt is named Nicole, but she goes by Nina instead of Nicki. I don't know why. And this name not only makes me think of my aunt but also makes me think of Nina Tucker from Fullmetal Alchemist.
Luvbug86  2/24/2018
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I am Nina. As in, Nine + ah. I am named after my mother's mother and her mother's mother. We are direct descendants of Richard Warren, passenger of the Mayflower. I love my name. I couldn't imagine being one of a dozen or so Kim's, Lisa's, Michelle's or Julie's in school or work, at a party or convention. People rarely forget a woman named Nina.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2017
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Nina Revoyr is an American novelist and children's advocate, best known for her award-winning 2003 novel Southland. She is also executive vice president and chief operating officer of Children's Institute, Inc., which provides clinical, youth development, family support and early childhood services to children and families affected by trauma, violence and poverty in Central and South Los Angeles.
cutenose  6/13/2017
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Niña Dolino is a Filipino actress. She is under contract with ABS-CBN and Star Magic. She was one of the finalists of MTV VJ Hunt 2005.
lilolaf  5/7/2017
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Nina de Vries is a Dutch sexual assistant who has lived and worked in Germany since 1990. She distinguishes between Sexual Assistance and Surrogate Partnership, terms which are commonly used interchangeably. Over the years her focus has shifted to work with severely disabled people as well as the education and training of sexual assistants. In addition, she is responsible for elderly care facilities and facilities in which people with different kinds of impairments have found a new home.
lilolaf  5/7/2017
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Nina Arsenault is a Canadian performance artist, freelance writer, and former sex trade worker who works in theatre, dance, video, photography and visual art. Her works have been called profoundly moving, absolutely unforgettable, brutally honest, a spiritual gift and as stunning as they are ruthless. The artworks, which are graphic as well as philosophical, illuminate uncomfortable truths about sex, gender, religion, and technology.
lilolaf  5/7/2017
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Nina Akamu is a Japanese American artist that was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She is the Vice President of the National Sculpture Society. Nina Akamu was born in 1955 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. She lived in Hawaii and East Asia as a child due to her father serving in the Air Force. At the age of 10 her family moved to Japan, where her passion for horseback riding was instilled.
lilolaf  5/7/2017
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Nina Agdal is a Danish model. Agdal is signed with Elite Model Management. She grew up in Hillerød, Denmark, and has modeled for Billabong, Victoria's Secret, Adore Me, Bebe Stores and Calzedonia. She has also been in fashion editorials for Vogue Mexico, Elle, Cosmopolitan and CR fashion book by Carine Roitfeld. In 2012, she made her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and was subsequently named the issue's "Rookie of the Year". She also appeared on the cover of Maxim Magazine for its March Issue in 2017. In 2014, she appeared on the 50th anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge.
cutenose  3/5/2017
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Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress. She portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation, and then played the role of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries.
cutenose  2/28/2017
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Whenever I see this I think of the little girl from the Professor Layton movie. So it always sounded like a nickname for a small girl.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2017
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Nina Wang was Asia's richest woman, with an estimated net worth of US $4.2 billion at the time of her death. She was the widow of Hong Kong chemical magnate Teddy Wang (Wang Teh Huei, 王德輝), who disappeared in 1990 after a kidnapping.
lilolaf  2/12/2017
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This name has nothing to do with the Spanish word for girl. The name is pronounced NEE-na and spelled Nina whereas the Spanish word is niña which is pronounced NEEN-ya. They don't look nor do they sound the same.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2017
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Nina Girado better known by her stage name Nina, is a Filipina singer, occasional songwriter, record producer, TV and radio personality. She made her recording debut in 2002 after signing a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines. Following the release of her debut album, she received numerous awards from different organizations and multiple album certifications by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). She established her position in the Philippine music industry in 2005, after releasing her third album Nina Live!. The album earned her the first ever Diamond award for a female OPM artist. In the same year, she staged a Nina Live! Concert at the Araneta Coliseum, which became her biggest solo concert to date.
lilolaf  2/3/2017
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Nina Kraljić is a Croatian singer-songwriter and voice actress. She is known for winning season one of The Voice – Najljepši glas Hrvatske and for being a finalist in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Lighthouse". Nina is the winner of the Croatian Porin award for Croatia's best new act of 2016. Her debut album "Samo" was released on 30th September, 2016.
cutenose  1/8/2017
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Nina Sulaberidze, better known by her stage name Nina Sublatti, is a Georgian singer, songwriter, calligrapher, and model. Sublatti achieved international attention when she represented Georgia in Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with her song "Warrior", where she placed 11th with 51 points. Sublatti won the 2013 season of the Georgian version of Idols. In 2016, she became one of the judges of X Factor Georgia.
cutenose  1/8/2017
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The prettiest girl I know is named Nina. I was in high school choir with a girl who pronounced her name Nine-ah and I didn't really like her. I think if you're going to spell your name like Nina it should be pronounced Nee-na and if you want to pronounce it like Nine-ah you should spell it Nyna.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2017
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I can think of three video game characters with this name: Nina from Fire Emblem: Fates, Nina Williams from Tekken, and Nina Cortex from the Crash Bandicoot franchise.
Buneary  9/17/2016
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Nina Morić is a Croatian fashion model. She was born in Zagreb into an upper-middle class household.
cutenose  5/28/2016
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Nina Idi was a character in the Shadow Children series.
KittenMeow  4/25/2016
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My name is Nina (Nine-ah). It is also my grandmother's name. I have not met many people close to my age with the name as it is an older name but I work in long term care and several of my residents mothers or aunts or someone they grew up with were named Nine-ah. It seems to be more common in the South.
Nina81  4/19/2016
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Nina is a versatile name suitable for any age. It is cute and short, like Amy or Erin.

This was my late mom's favourite name that she never got to use on a child. She did finally get a pug puppy last year, and named her Nina! But sadly my mom died a few months later. Nina had to be rehomed, but fortunately my mom's friends adopted her and kept the name Nina that meant so much to my mom. Nina the pug is happy and well and her youthful, fun, friendly nature suits this name down to the ground. :-)
― Anonymous User  3/16/2016
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Nina Banks is the wife of George Banks in the movies Father of the Bride and then she played a mature pregnant women in the sequel Father of the bride part 2 (a terrible title for a sequel that is about his daughter getting pregnant and his wife simultaneously!). Nina is played by Dianne Keaton alongside Steve Martin who plays George. Nina is a lovely, feminine but firm character. Quite optimistic.
queen_vic  3/16/2016
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Not a fan, personally, although it is becoming more popular again here in Australia. I have met plenty of middle-aged Nina's. I think it sounds a bit nasal, especially with the Australian accent. Also, it sounds a bit like a kid pretending to be an ambulance siren. I think there was also a character on Days of Our Lives called this name.
I'm surprised people would pronounce it Ny-nah. That sounds like air traffic control or something. "Nin-er Nin-er zero, you are cleared for take-off" But that's just being silly, isn't it.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2016
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My name is Nina (nine-ah) I do not dislike the pronunciation of "Nine-ah" or "Neen-ah" If there is anything that is difficult about it it is if someone is pronouncing it differently than my given name. If it is someone I will see repeatedly I usually gently say it is Nina like China. If it is someone that I may just see in that short period of time I usually do not say anything. I do not want people to be embarrassed for pronouncing it differently than it was meant to be because I did not kindly correct them. I think my mom chose it from a Russian movie Star magazine however we are not Russian but a Scandinavian mixture living in the Northwest region of the United States. I grew up with nicknames like niner, forty niner, number 9. I like that it is a little different.
ninerc49  1/16/2016
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My name is Nina, I come from Croatia and it's not a very common name here. My mother named me after her favorite childhood doll and I have personally always loved the name because it's so feminine, elegant, short and kind of singsongy. I have many nicknames, including Nini, Ninus, Ninush, Ninochka and Ninchi. I think that it's a sexy, beautiful, unique name and everybody who has it should be happy about it.
Ninochka  1/6/2016
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My aunt goes by Nina. Her name is Nicole.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2015
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In defense of 'Nina' and 'niña' NOT being the same word, 'Nina' ('NEE-nah' as I pronounce it) is very uncommon as an official name in Spanish-speaking countries. If someone is called 'Nina' it's more common for it to be a nickname for that person, and a short version of something else. From personal experience, when introducing myself in Spanish-speaking countries I am frequently asked "What is that short for?"

The word 'niña' does mean 'girl' in Spanish (not even 'little' girl, just 'girl'), however in the Spanish language the 'Ñ' is considered a separate letter than an 'N' because of the ~ tilde (also known as the squiggle). That ~ squiggle indicates that the letter is pronounced differently and sounds like 'NYA' which would make 'niña' be phonetically spelled 'NEE-nya' in English.

A side note on pronunciation, Texas is the only place I ever heard anybody pronounce 'Nina' as 'nEYE-nah' and that drives me crazy because it's wrong to pronounce 'Tina' as 'tEYE-NAH' or 'Gina' as 'jEYE-NAH.' Every other name ending in 'ina' uses the 'EE' sound instead of the 'EYE' sound, so I don't see why 'Nina' is the exception.
ThatNinaWoman  3/10/2015
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Also used in Finland, Nina is actually more common than the "more Finnish" form Niina. The names have different pronunciations. Nina's has a short vowel: NI-nu. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  3/1/2015
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Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She has a song called "The Apple Tree".
― Anonymous User  1/25/2015
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I always hated the name. As someone who is not feminine in the least, to have the name Nina Rose, literally meaning Girl Flower, I always detested the name, as it would always give people a very feminine impression of me. It sounded like the name a girl in a flowing dress would have, not a young woman in a Black Veil Brides shirt and Doc. Martens. So I changed it. Simple as that, no fuss, no whining, just changed it.
nicotab  1/20/2015
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Don’t hate your name for one. Also my name is Nina Rose and I love my name even though I’m not flowery, and actually am very tomboyish. You’re on this site to respect names and to be honest, nobody cares about how much you hate it.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2019
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I just wanted to say that, even though this name is always in the movies and on tv, it bores me. Sorry if I offend anyone :(
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
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The first real African-American female movie star in the US was Nina Mae McKinney, who used the NYE-nah pronunciation. She started out as a jazz singer and had an emotional breakthrough performance in one of the earliest "talkies", an all-Black film called "Hallelujah", directed by King Vidor, in 1929.
elizabeth hamlet  12/22/2014
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Nina Meyers was a character on "24" who turned out to be a double agent.
― Anonymous User  9/3/2014
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My name is Antonina but I go as Nina. I really liked the name and thought it was really cute and made me seem a lot younger, in highschool I got a few nicknames - Nini Pinini was the first one which turned into Nini, PP and Nini P. It's a nice name and not so popular, I've only met 2 other people with the same name.
NiniP  4/23/2014
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This is my name, and I pronounce it Nee-na (though I am American). Some people do pronounce it Nie-na (like one of my middle school librarians who called me Nie-na for three years straight... At the time, I was too scared to correct her.) Either way, I don't mind my name. I sometimes think it's boring, but then I just use my middle name as well.

Now that I'm older I appreciate my name a lot more. People always tell me that it is pretty, and usually people can pronounce it easily. It's not too popular, but also not too unusual. I still prefer my sister's name though (Sonia). I think that is just such a beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2014
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This name is also used in Romania.
desdichado1942  10/25/2012
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It constantly grates my nerves when people insist that NIE-nah is incorrect. It is not incorrect in Older English dialect and in some parts of the United States, NIE-nah is the correct pronunciation. Both Nee-nah and NIE-nah are correct depending on where you live in the world. It is rather ignorant to say that NIE-nah is not correct. I know a girl named Nina (NIE-nah) from the South and the name has been in her family with that pronunciation for generation. Yes, NEE-nah is also correct in some English dialects and in many different languages.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2012
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This name isn't bad, but it sounds a bit sharp and needley somehow.
― Anonymous User  4/13/2012
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My name is Nina. I don't love it but I don't hate it. It's pronounced NEE-NAH. I live in England UK.
I like that I've never met anyone called Nina as I dislike common names like Louise, Claire, Amy, Emma etc.

It's short and simple. I think it can sound girly, cute, smart, sexy and mysterious but can also sound harsh, quick and sharp.

I HATE nicknames Nin or Neen. I don't mind Ni or NiNi but I like being called Nina the most.
mummytoTheo  3/31/2012
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I think this is a beautiful, feminine name. I'm a Kindergarten teacher, and I had a student with this name last year. It is not a name I've seen in my school, so if someone is looking for a unique but very pretty name, this certainly is one. It was pronounced NEE-na.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2012
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Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries is a famous bearer.
ebenezer_scrouge  9/19/2011
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I personally have always loved the name Nina, it's a very attractive name, sophisticated, and sounds great. When I was younger I always wanted a daughter with this name.
Atoridsp  3/18/2011
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Nina Sayers (portrayed by Natalie Portman) was the protagonist and antagonist of the 2010 movie, "Black Swan".
commonlyuncommon  3/13/2011
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Nina does have a very simple, vaguely cutesy feel to it. It just feels like a diminutive. Hence why in the fanfiction I'm writing, one of the protagonists named his pet fox Nina.
CrystalGlacia  12/26/2010
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This is my first name-my mother says she picked it for me because she has loved this name all her life and wanted a daughter named Nina since she was little. I used to hate it when I was younger, but now I love my name. It's short and simple, yet sophisticated, and it has a soft and dreamy sound so people say it suits me very well :)
Nina.Matau  12/18/2010
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It's a very cute name, but perhaps a little too cute, and a little nickname-y.
Chrila96  12/2/2010
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My parents gave me this name because it was so simple to pronounce. I thought that was a crap reason originally, but now I like it because it sounds slightly abstract and modern and Russian! XD I know that's a stupid reason but therein lies its appeal to me.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2010
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Actress Nina Dobrev a famous bearer, currently stars on the CW'S Vampire Diaries as Elena.
italiannames  10/16/2009
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Nina, Nina Ballerina
Nina, Nina, Star Ballerina
Nina, Nina and the Copycat Ballerina
are a books by Jane O'Connor.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2009
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It's usually Nee-nah (Nine-uh is a rare pronounciation).
― Anonymous User  9/22/2009
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Nina, Pretty Ballerina by ABBA.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2009
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I just wanted to point out that Nina doesn't "coincide with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl"." Niña has an Ñ in it (and Ñ isn't just an N with a funny mark over it; it's a totally separate letter in the Spanish alphabet), Nina doesn't. They're pronounced differently too. Niña means little girl; Nina is just a name.
caoilainn  9/3/2009
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Nina is a cool almost sexy name. It could work on anyone. Here in the United States it is pronounced Nee-na. Not Ny-nuh. That's just strange!
D.Scott  3/31/2009
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I have a friend whose name is Aranina (can't find such a name on this site) who went by Nina.
JungKyungSoon  1/4/2009
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Colo von Stauffenberg's wife is named Nina. Staufeenberg was part of the 20 July plot to kill Hitler.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2009
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My name is also Nina. And I like it a lot. Only thing I don't like about my name is that a lot of my friends are also named Nina. Name Nina is really very common in Slovenia.
Nyla  1/3/2009
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I've never heard the name pronounced Nie-na. I believe most countries pronounce it Nee-na.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2008
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Actor Ivan Franěk and dancer Claire Franěk have a daughter Nina.
Emilie007  10/3/2008
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Nina is a supporting character in Suikoden II and makes a cameo in Suikogaiden vol 1.
Jilliacrates  9/17/2008
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It's a pretty, simple name that doesn't sound too girly on a grown-up, but it's very common, and even a bit dull.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
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My name is Nina and I never liked it as small girl. But as I am older, I really like it, even if now it is quite popular where I live.
I mostly go by as Nini (my favourite), Ninka, Ninus, Ninuska. There can be so many cute nicknames for Nina. :)
Ninuska  4/2/2008
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My name is Nina, I never used to like it when I was younger but as I have got older I appreciate having a name that is a bit different, I think it is a simple, feminine name that suits all ages, also in England where I am from it is pronounced Nee-Na!
NinaC  12/6/2007
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Nina was Fez's girlfriend on a few episodes of That 70's Show.
gracielou16  8/25/2007
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Very popular girls name in Slovenia. [noted -ed]
earthnut  7/2/2007
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It`s short and simple, yet strong and sophisticated.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
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Nina, when spelt Niña, is the name of a ship called the Niña. IT TRAVELED the seas in the 14 or 15 hundreds.
Miracle1980Olympics  4/27/2007
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I actually like the name Nina. I don't know why I really like it. Maybe because it's so simple, soft and dreamy.
Claudia007  2/16/2007
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My name is Nina and I absolutely positively HATE this name because it sounds so imature and childish. I have never heard of ANYONE being named Nina that is over 40! It's okay for a child but it is absolutely UNSUITABLE for people over 30. The way it is pronounced and the original meaning ALL point to the word LITTLE CHILD! It is a horrible thing to behold.
Miracle1980Olympics  1/13/2007
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Nina is a really beautiful name. It's feminine, yet sophisticated. It's rare enough to be fairly unusual but common enough not to be weird.

And to the girl who said it was not for anyone over 30: Nina Totenberg, for one, is smart, savvy, and a STAR.
sandyshoes  10/23/2016
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Please, not "NIE-na"! This constant mispronunciation with which the U.S. is cursed grates the nerves.
gaelruadh19  1/10/2007
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German punk-singer Nina Hagen bears this name. In her case it is short for Catharina.
ml1muse  11/30/2006
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Nina was commonly pronounced "NINE-uh" in the United States during the 19th century, just as Maria was normally said "mah-RYE-uh" back then. The general pronunciations changed to "Nee-nuh" and "mah-REE-uh" as Americans became more familiar with the pronunciation of these names in Spanish and other European languages (perhaps partly through learning about Columbus's ships the Nina & the Santa Maria in school.) But there are of course still some families who have handed the name down from the 19th century and continue to pronounce it as "NINE-uh".
clevelandkentevans  9/26/2006
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Listen to the German pronunciation of Nina here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
_satu_  9/3/2006
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Weird Al Yankovic, the novelty song and parody song writer responsible for such gems as "My Bologna" and "The Saga Begins," has a daughter named Nina.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  8/27/2006
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We pronounce it just like the Spanish word, NEEN-yah.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2006
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In the Shadow Children there's a girl whose fake ID says her name is Nina.
StevieGrl  6/26/2006
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Beautiful name!
Jen-Nigh  6/22/2006
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Fullmetal Alchemist's Nina Tucker, who was the young daughter of Shou Tucker, bears this name. Nina Tucker was turned into a chimera by her insane father for research. The Nina-chimera was murdered by a killer named Scar.
DarkShizuka  6/20/2006
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The Italian woman Maria Nielli, who was born in 1883, in Turin, Italy, is the famous designer known as Nina Ricci (she was wife of Luigi Ricci).
iva_toneva  5/24/2006
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The mentioned Spanish word also means "child".
iva_toneva  5/2/2006
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Nina is the name of a saint from the 3rd century. She converted parts of southern Greece to Christianity. In Bulgaria Nina has a nameday on 14th January. In Bulgaria Nina is also considered to be an abbreviation of Nikolina whose nameday is on 6th December, in honour of St. Nicolas, that is why the second nameday of Nina is on 6th December.
iva_toneva  1/14/2006
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Nina Van Horn was the ex-model character on the sitcom Just Shoot Me.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
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Nina is pronounced neena not nynah!
ninamaria  12/22/2005
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Nina is the name of the singer in the popgroup The Cardigans.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
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In Zlata's Diary, a book I read in the 4th grade by a girl from Bosnia, her best friend, Nina, was bombed while playing on a swingset. That always haunted me.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
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There is a mildly popular fanfiction writer known as "Nina Hikari."
patchworkgirl  11/15/2005
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One famous Nina is the singer Nina Simone. Her music varied widely in its genre; among other things, she could be classified as blues, jazz, soul, gospel, or pop. One of her best-known songs is "I Put a Spell on You."
WeloveyouJesseLacey  11/1/2005
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NIE-na (NY-na), not NEE-na.
mariej2  9/27/2005
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In a lot of countries it IS pronounced NEE-na, maybe in America you would spontaneously pronounce it NY-na.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005

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