Minnie Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Minnie:
A pet form of Miryam, a Hebrew name of debated meaning. Many believe it to mean "sea of bitterness" or "sea of sorrow." However, some sources cite the alternative definitions of "rebellion," "wished-for-child," and "mistress or lady of the sea."
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Minnie
Minnie can be a nickname for Guillermina, Maximina, Dominica, Minerva, Clementine and Wilhelmina.
- Personal experiences with the name Minnie
My daughter is named Minnie. One meaning for it was 'wished for child' which she was and so it felt lovely for her to grow up with that meaning behind her name. I loved all the old fashioned names but my husband just didn't take to any other than Minnie. Now she is two years old and her name is so sweet and i never get tired of hearing it. Lots of people make the obvious comments... 'minnie.. as in minnie mouse?' It never bothers me that some people make that connection, to me she has made the name her own.
She'll probably get teased a lot when she goes to school. Kids will automatically think of Minnie Mouse when they hear her name!
And then there's Minnie the Mermaid.
- Nicknames for Minnie
- Meanings and history of the name Minnie
Minnie was traditionally a nickname for Mary, but it can also be a diminutive of Minerva, Wilhelmina, Clementine, Hermione, or Amelia. It is sometimes used as a name in its own right.
- Famous real-life people named Minnie
Minnie Driver, English actress
Minnie Riperton, American singer ("Lovin' You") and mother of actress Maya Rudolph
Minnie Pearl (born Sarah Ophelia Colley), American country music personality
Minnie Theodora Osbourne (b. 2018), daughter of English media personality Jack Osbourne, sister to Pearl Clementine and Andy Rose
- Minnie in song, story & screen
Minnie Mouse, Disney character
Minnie, the Girl of the Golden West in the eponymous Puccini opera
"Minnie the Moocher", 1931 jazz song by Cab Calloway
Minnie May Barry, Diana's baby sister from Anne of Green Gables
"Skinny Minnie", song by Bill Haley & His Comets from the album Bill Haley's Chicks
Minnie the Minx, comic strip character from The Beano
Minnie Bishop, fictional character from the anime/manga Strike Witches
Mini the titular character from "Mini's First Time"