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Girl's name Minnie could be short for?

(42 Posts)
Amsr Tue 23-Apr-13 16:44:15

Please help me find a girl's name that Minnie could be short for. My 4 kids and I love the name but DH won't agree unless we find a "sensible" name it could be short for. He has already discounted Willamina (my favourite), Jasmine, Minerva(!) and a few others that sound too similar to Malina (2nd daughter's name). DH is Indian and I am English so names that fit into both cultures would be brilliant (the other 4 kids names fit into both). Failing that, perhaps names that Marnie/Mani could be short for as I quite like that too, but again, DH thinks it's too much of a nickname and wants a long version. PLEASE help as baby number 5 is now 4 weeks old and I have to register her next week!

NickNacks Tue 23-Apr-13 16:45:29

I really wouldn't.

Slang for vulva where I live.

nooka Tue 23-Apr-13 17:38:22

Girls names with "min" in them here. Mina/Meena is a bit more elegant than Minnie, but it is very similar sounding to your older dd.

Here's a similar list for girls names with 'man' in them, Amanda being the most obvious.

Marnie is a name in it's own right, the root is Marina, but that is way too similar to Malina! Personally I'd look for a name that didn't begin with M or have a long 'ee' sound.

Thisisaeuphemism Tue 23-Apr-13 17:39:40


FoundAChopinLizt Tue 23-Apr-13 17:39:52

If you do it don't ever move to Cumbria, girl version of Willy here.

MooMooMama Tue 23-Apr-13 17:42:49

Tehmina? I think it's a Persian name - that could be shortened to Minnie?

Hedwig3 Tue 23-Apr-13 17:46:37

The one I know is Minesha.

VBisme Tue 23-Apr-13 17:51:09

As she's the youngest you could just nickname her Minnie anyway.

It doesn't need to link to a

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Tue 23-Apr-13 18:01:55

Minnie is a nickname for Amelia (Minnie driver)

TwinTum Tue 23-Apr-13 18:06:52

I know a Minnie short for Dominique

xigris Tue 23-Apr-13 18:09:26

Minerva? I love Minnie <do not answer that Nick!> smile

xigris Tue 23-Apr-13 18:11:51

D'oh! Didn't see that you'd discounted Minerva. Sorry. What about Ameena for the Indian connection?

Bananasinfadedpjs Tue 23-Apr-13 18:16:07

Always Mary-Anne or Marianne in my family, shortened to Minnie. But perhaps that is a bit similar too?

nextphase Tue 23-Apr-13 18:17:49

Not meeting the Indian connection, but I know an Imogen who goes by Minnie for family and close friends

sunshine401 Tue 23-Apr-13 18:22:21

I thought Minnie was from Mary?? However could be very wrong. When I was at school Many moons ago, one of my friends was known as "Minnie" but her real name was Mary-Rose.

Astley Tue 23-Apr-13 19:00:00


millymae Tue 23-Apr-13 19:17:31

I 'googled' and Minnie showed up as a shortened version of Minissha and Hermione. A bit more digging revealed that there is an Indian actress called Minissha Lamba.

Tickledyellow Tue 23-Apr-13 19:30:08

I also know an Imogen who gets shortened to Minnie. She is 7 and likes having her formal name and her nickname too

jaminthemiddle Tue 23-Apr-13 19:32:23

I know a Marnie - full name marianna.

BJC44 Tue 23-Apr-13 20:37:26

Minnie is beautiful! I think it would be a sensible nickname for Melanie. That has a modern and timeless feel to it and it bit more substance for her when she is an adult. I also know a Millie that is shortened form for Emelia. Close enough if he doesn't like Minnie.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 23-Apr-13 20:44:09

Amelia is lovely.
As another poster suggested, name her whatever you like and call her Minnie anyway.
I call DD2 Tilly and it isn't remotely similar to her very old Irish name, it's just a NN.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Tue 23-Apr-13 22:03:37

Er*min*trude smile

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Tue 23-Apr-13 22:04:38

Damnit!Bold didnt work - try again

Er min trude

seeker Tue 23-Apr-13 22:05:36

Do check that it isn't a word for female genitqls in your area- it is round here. A Minnie started in my ds's school in year 2, and had a very difficult time for a while.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Tue 23-Apr-13 22:06:26

Or Yasmin?

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