Origin: Latin, Etruscan

Meaning: it could possibly be derived from Latin mens meaning "intellect" or "mind", though it's likely the name is of Etruscan origin, from Etruscan goddess Menrva, who presided over war, art, wisdom, and health, much like her Roman counterpart. The name itself could possibly be related to an Italian moon goddess, *Meneswā, meaning "she who measures". Either way, the name is related to the Proto-Indo European root word men- which has been linked to the meanings "memory, recollection" or "mind".

In Roman mythology, Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom and war and strategy, as well as presiding over the arts. She is the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Athena, the owl being a symbol often paired with them.


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