Origin of the name Nina

1. Short form of names that end in nina, such as Antonina or Giannina. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also coincides with the Spanish word niƱa meaning "little girl".
2. Meaning unknown. This was the name of a Babylonian and Assyrian fertility goddess who was identified with Ishtar. She was the patron goddess of the city of Nineveh. Her name was written using a character representing a fish surrounded by a character representing a house.
3. Means "fire" in Quechua.
4. Russian form of Nino.