Names do carry archetypes, and today I ran across a newer video of the German singer Nena, who I liked when I was young (in 1982), she is 55 and a peer, and since I appreciate healthy women who have strong creative drivers, I took a look at her video is Das ist nicht alles (That’s not all). One of my apprentice’s daughters is named Nina, so I started to look and see what exactly does the collective name carry, if you put all the symbol meanings of the name together –
“Mother, Granddaughter (girl), Flower, Dreamer, Fire and Grace.”
Let’s start with the slavic versions, the Russian short form of Nena is Аннинка (Anninka), a form of Anna and the feminine Russian name is derived from the original Georgian form of Nino. In the old Slavonic language it is “Ninati” which is the only descriptive meaning for the name, it means “Dreamer” or “Dream” and I would agree that her daughter is a powerful dreamer, who has grace, just like her mother, this brings us to its ‘prehistory’ non-religioius form.
In the newer, more traditional forms of religious names, the Italian surnames is di Nina, and di Nino which is also from the word Nino, used as a nickname for Antonino and Giovannino. In Spanish the words Nena and Niña both mean “little girl” and the other name is El Niño, nēnyō – the irregularly occurring and complex series of climatic changes affecting the equatorial Pacific region, characterized by the appearance of unusually warm, nutrient-poor water off northern Peru and Ecuador, typically in late December which causes some issues in weather. El Niño gets its name from the baby Jesus because this weather phenomenon begins in the southern hemisphere around the Winter Solstice and honors the birth of “El Niño Jesus” in español.
Other origins for the name Nina includes (Nena) Chamoru a term of endearment, meaning “darling; dear.” In Hebrew the name Nina means “granddaughter” or “great-granddaughter.” In Europe as a short form of names such as Marina and Katharina. It means mother in Swahili; and flower in Old Greek, fire in Quechua. Nina is connected to Ninette and Ninon, French forms of Jeannine, Jeanne and French Nina, meaning “favor; grace.”