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All about Nene
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Hi,

Just wondering if you would know where the name Nene comes from. Pronounced like “knee knee.”

Jess N.

Hi Jess,TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party - Arrivals

The name Nene can be traced back to many cultures: Aztec (Nahuatl), African and even Japanese. Most likely it is a variation of the male name John, meaning “God is Gracious.” It could also be a nickname for someone whose name begins or ends in ne or nee, like Renee.  In the case of celeb Nene Leakes, her real name is Linnethia.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Origin and Meaning of Alyda
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Hi Jennifer!

I love your site; it’s Internet candy for me!  I have a quick question about my middle name: Alyda.  It’s tough to find name meanings for it and I have no idea what the origin of it is.  I inherited it from my grandmother (whom everyone called Lyda) and I’ve only met one other person who has this name.  Can you tell me where it’s from and what it means?  If we ever have a daughter, I’ll be passing the name on and I’d like to know the origin.  

Thanks a bunch!

Lauren

Dear Lauren,

First off, I love the term “internet candy!” Thank you so much for your kind words.

Your middle name, Alyda, is most likely an alternate spelling of the Germanic/Dutch name, ALIDA. Alida was originally used as a diminutive (nickname) for Adelaide, which means “Of noble kin.”  

I have added your spelling to our database. 

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

Origin of the name Minette
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Hi! I know a girl with the name Minette, but couldn’t find it on your site and thought it was really pretty. Could it be added? I know it is of French origin, but don’t know much beyond that.

Thanks,
Madeline

Hi Madeline,

The root “Min” comes from the name Minnie, which is a diminutive form of the name Mary. “Ette” is a French tag that was originally used for nicknames.  So yes, the origin is French, and the meaning is the same as Mary: “Bitter” or “Of the Sea.”  Thank you for this new name! We will add Minette to our names database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer