Mina (given name)

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Mina is a given name with a variety of origins, used as a feminine name in some cultures and a masculine name in others.


Mina (Egyptian Arabic: مينا‎‎; pronounced [ˈmiːnæ]), also transcribed Mena or Meena, is a male given name for Egyptians Christians.

  • Mina (fl. c. 3100 BC), a.k.a. Menes, legendary Egyptian ruler and the first pharaoh of Egypt.
  • St. Mina (Saint Menas; fl. 3rd century AD), Coptic religious leader (martyr)

Arabic (mainly)[edit]

Meena (Arabic: mīnā' مِينَاء) is the irregular feminine noun for port. See Mina (disambiguation)


Meena, or Mina, is a name given to females in India. It is commonly used by Christians, Hindus and Parsees. The name is a shortened form of Meenakshi (beautiful fish-shaped eyes; Meen = fish; akshi = eyes), and is commonly used by South Indian Hindus. Nasrani Christians from Kerala and Parsees might use this name due to their ancient Persian heritage (Mina is a commonly used female name in Iran). See Meena (disambiguation)


Mina is a Japanese feminine given name. It may be written various ways in kanji, including , , and .[1]

  • Mina Asami (born 1958), Japanese actress
  • Mina Fukui (born 1984), Japanese actress
  • Mina Harigae (born 1989), Japanese golfer
  • Mina Matsushima (born 1991), Japanese swimmer
  • Mina Ōba (born 1992), Japanese singer and actress
  • Mina Kasai (born 1984), Japanese voice actress
  • Mina Myoui (born 1997), Japanese singer, member of the K-pop girl group Twice


Hangul 민아
Hanja , , , and others
Revised Romanization Min-a
McCune–Reischauer Mina
Alternative spelling
Hangul 미나
Revised Romanization Mi-na
McCune–Reischauer Mina

Mina, Meena, and Minah are various Roman alphabet spellings of two homophonous Korean feminine given names with different hangul spellings. The meaning differs based on the hanja used to write each syllable of the name.

For the name Min-a (민아), there are 27 hanja with the reading "min" and 20 hanja with the reading "a" on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names.[2]

  • Shim Mina (born 1972), South Korean singer
  • Jung Mina (born 1979), South Korean gayageum singer-songwriter
  • Shin Min-a (born 1984), South Korean actress
  • Bang Min-ah (born 1993), South Korean singer, member of Girl's Day
  • Kwon Mina (born 1993), South Korean singer, member of AOA
  • Jung Min-ah (born 1994), South Korean actress
  • Kang Min-ah (born 1997), South Korean actress
  • Justine Mina Ok (fl. 2000s), Korean American songwriter

For the name Mi-na (미나), there are 31 hanja with the reading "mi" and 16 hanja with the reading "na" on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may be used in given names.[2]

  • Mina Cho (born 1960), South Korean writer
  • Son Mi-na (born 1964), South Korean handball player
  • Meena Lee (born 1981), South Korean golfer
  • Kang Mi-na (born 1999), South Korean singer, member of I.O.I and Gugudan


Mina (Persian: مینا‎‎) is a female given name in Iran, meaning "azure", "glass bead", or "enamel".[3] Arguably, it should be the name for the planet Venus instead of former meaning, also a female name. See Meena (disambiguation)


Mina (Pashto: مینا‎) means "love" in Pashto, an Indo-Iranic language spoken in Afghanistan and the northwestern regions of Pakistan.,[4] which is the feminine noun for the word "lover" - the masculine form is "māyan ماين". Although no source of it as used in a name except for the Persian "Meena". See Meena (disambiguation)


Mina can be a short form of the feminine names Wilhelmina or Hermina.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Breen, Jim (2011). Japanese Names Dictionary. Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  2. ^ a b "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ Steingass, Francis Joseph. "مینا mīnā". A Comprehensive Persian-English Dictionary. Digital Dictionaries of South Asia. University of Chicago. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  4. ^ Raverty, H.G. "مینا mai-nā". A Dictionary of the Puk'hto, Pus'hto, or language of the Afghans. Digital Dictionaries of South Asia. University of Chicago. p. 955. Retrieved 2014-04-16.