The name has several origins, meanings and derivatives depending on where in the world you find the bearer of the name. In the Western world, it is a female name, a contracted form of Wilhelmina and Hermina. It was always common in Germanic and Scandinavian countries, but was first introduced into the English-speaking world through Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897).

It is also an Indian name, derived from the Sanskrit word for fish मीना , it is sometimes transliterated as Meena. In Hinduism, it is the name of the daughter of the Goddess Usha and the God Kubera.

It is also a common Persian female name, being derived from the Farsi word for “blue glass; enamel; lapis lazuli.” It also coincides with the name of a valley near Mecca, and is therefore found as feminine given name in the Arabic-speaking world. In Arabic it means “port; harbor.”

Among Coptic Christians, it is a very popular male name. It is borne by a renowned early Christian Egyptian martyr and saint, known in the Western world as St. Menas. Mīna  مينا‎‎ is its original Coptic version and according to legend, the saint’s mother heard a voice saying “amen” while praying for a pregnancy.

Currently, Mina is 41st most popular female name in Norway (2010), the 314th most popular in France (2009) and the 961st most popular in the United States (2010).

The designated name-days are: November 24 (Poland) and December 23 (Lithuania/Poland).

Other forms its masculine Egyptian counterpart include:

Menna (Catalan)
Ménas (French)
Menas (Greek)
Mena (Italian: RARE)


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/mina-1
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/name/mina-2




Gender: Masculine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “mourning fish.”

The name is composed of the Lithuanian elements, ged (gedėti) meaning “mourn” and gaud(gaudyti) meaning “fish.”

The name is of ancient origins and its true euphemism is not known.

The feminine form is Gedgaudė.

The designated name-day is March 22.


  1. http://day.lt/vardai/Gedgaudas