Minerva: Chic or Clunky?

Opinions on [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] nn [name_u]Min[/name_u]?

[name_f]Minerva[/name_f] is the [name_m]Roman[/name_m] form of [name_f]Athena[/name_f]- which is a great way to get the mythology connection without being overtly obvious. It means intelligent, which is a plus, as intelligence comes in many different forms. I also love the HP reference. But, could you see a modern baby, kid or teenager with the name? Or should it remain in the closet?

For the nickname, I love [name_u]Min[/name_u] (means ‘quick’, so technically [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] nn [name_u]Min[/name_u] could be ‘quick witted’). But, I don’t know if it’s full enough for a complete name, and [name_u]Min[/name_u] fits a more modern image than [name_f]Minerva[/name_f].

I know NB has a taste for vintage names, but I rarely see this one mentioned. I imagine it will be seen more in the coming decade, as the HP fandom of teens grows up.

So, what do you guys think? Is [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] vintage like [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] or [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] or still with the mothballs [name_f]Gladys[/name_f] and [name_f]Myrtle[/name_f]?

I love [name_f]Minerva[/name_f]! I wouldn’t say she’s in the [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] and [name_f]Isabella[/name_f] camp, as I never expect her to reach that level of popularity, but she’s definitely not in the [name_f]Gladys[/name_f] and [name_f]Myrtle[/name_f] camp. Maybe the [name_f]Charlotte[/name_f] and [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] camp? Out of the moth balls, sweet, vintage, not overused? I can totally imagine [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] on a child of today. [name_u]Min[/name_u] is a cute nn, and [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] Mcgonagall is a great character to share a name with. I would love to meet a little [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] :slight_smile:

I really like [name_f]Minerva[/name_f]. It’s a vintage gem, for sure. A bit ‘heavy’ for a kid, but nn [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] solves it, imo. :slight_smile:

It’s both clunky and chic [name_f]IMO[/name_f]:slight_smile: It’s not for everyone and I wouldn’t have the guts to use it, but I really like [name_f]Minerva[/name_f]:slight_smile:

I love [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] too. I would use her but [name_f]Athena[/name_f] is my goddess and it would be odd to use her [name_m]Roman[/name_m] counterpart. I think it’s sophisticated and mature but has the nicknames of a little girl. When she’s tiny, she could be [name_f]Minnie[/name_f], when she gets older, she could be [name_u]Min[/name_u] or [name_f]Mina[/name_f] or [name_f]Mia[/name_f] or [name_f]Neva[/name_f]… When she grows up, she has a solid name with great connections. :slight_smile:

Couldn’t have said it better!

Really cute! My only concern that teasing could happen with “getting on Minervas”. But, I love [name_f]Minnie[/name_f]!

I love [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] but she’s definitely a clunker!

When I think “clunky”, I think of [name_f]Agatha[/name_f] and similar names. [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] is gorgeous, and “[name_f]Minnie[/name_f]” as a nickname is so cute!

[name_f]Minerva[/name_f] is chic.

I really like [name_f]Minerva[/name_f]. It’s a strong, yet soft name and has good nicknames like [name_u]Min[/name_u], [name_f]Minnie[/name_f] or even [name_f]Mia[/name_f]…

I adore [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] (especially nn [name_u]Min[/name_u], as [name_f]Minerva[/name_f] nn [name_u]Min[/name_u] is one of my favourite literary heroines)! The only issue I’d have with it is that it does sound a little close to “unnerving,” but I love this chic name anyway.