About the Name Minerva

About the Name Minerva

Minerva portrait My name is Minerva Walker. I am the star of an animated sitcom in development. My name is believed to be of Etruscan origin, but it never caught on until after the European Renaissance. Here are some fascinating facts about my namesakes:
  • In Roman mythology, Minerva was the goddess of wisdom, among other things. She had nothing on King Solomon, though!
  • Minerva Urecal was a character actress who lived from 1894 to 1966. Her real last name was Holzer. Your grandparents might have seen her in the movies or on television. Her only starring TV role was on The Adventures of Tugboat Annie, back in 1957.
  • I won’t let my kids read the Harry Potter books or watch the films, but I understand that one of the teachers is named Minerva McGonagall.
  • The old animated TV series Animaniacs had a character called Minerva Mink.
  • Minerva was the nickname of Josephine Wohlford Blatt, a strongwoman who was born in the 1860s and died in 1923. She supposedly lifted more than 3,500 pounds! I wish I were that strong!
  • A Spanish eurodance singer named Minerva Pérez Garrido, born in 1977, is popularly known as K.U. Minerva.
  • There are three towns in the United States named Minerva. They are in New York, Ohio and Oregon. I have never visited any of them.
  • In astronomy, the name Minerva was considered first for the planet Uranus, and then for Pluto.
  • Your local hospital may use a Minerva cast, an orthopedic cast which encloses the patient’s trunk and head.
  • Minerva Central was the first bookstore in Mozambique.
  • The British Royal Navy has had eight ships called the HMS Minerva.

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