Nina is a girl's name with several possible meanings depending on language of origin. It is a short form of names ending in -ina (such as Antonina and Giannina), and it may also refer to the Babylonian goddess of oceans or an Incan fire goddess. In addition, it may have a mystical meaning, such as "enclosure of fish" in Arabic, or a more general one like "kind" or "friendly" or even beautiful" in Hindi.
It is a world-class name, and it has been popular in many cultures throughout history. In the United States, it experienced its greatest popularity in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but it has been slowly on a decline since then. It did enjoy a slight surge in usage in 1979, thanks to the character of jazz singer Nina Simone on the daytime soap All My Children, and more recently, Natalie Portman's performance as ballerina Nina Sayers in the 2010 film Black Swan.
It is a simple, sweet and pretty name that will appeal to most parents looking for a classic feminine name. It is also a very stylish choice, and its varied meanings should suit a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Nina is a very versatile name that can be shortened to any number of unique nicknames, such as Neena, Nee, Nei, Nene, Nia, Nenette, Nina, Ninnette, and Ninochka, among others. This makes it a very practical name to give your baby.