Nino is an Italian male name, a diminutive o f names ending in -nino such as Giannino (itself a diminutive of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew) or Antonino (a variant of Antonio via Antonius, a Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be Etruscan in origin. However, there have been other possible meanings attributed to it such as: it could possibly have Greek roots, possibly meaning “priceless one”; it could be derived from Latin antius meaning “chief, leader”; it could also be related to the town of Antium in Latium, or Latin ante meaning “before”, perhaps referring to a premature child. In 16th or 17th century England, the Anthony spelling came into being from an incorrect belief that it originated from Greek anthos (flower) and it’s been a popular spelling ever since); or Saturnino and Severino, etc.
Nino is also a Georgian female name which became popular due to a Christian saint Nino who converted the royal family and much of the people as a result. The origin of the name is unknown. It’s possible that it derived as a feminine form of Ninos or Ninus, itself an Ancient Assyrian name which may have originated from the name of an ancient Assyrian city, Ninevah, itself named after the Sumerian goddess of fertility, Nina (who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna). Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and a (water).
Spelled niño, it’s a Spanish word meaning “boy”.
Nino is also a Japanese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:
- ni 仁 “benevolence, humanity” + no 乃 “a possessive article; from, whereupon” (仁乃);
- ni 爾 “you, thou; like that, that way” + no 乃 “a possessive article; from, whereupon” (爾乃);
- ni 二 “two” + no 乃 “a possessive article; from, whereupon” (二乃);
- ni 丹 “red, rust-colored” + no 乃 “a possessive article; from, whereupon” (丹乃)
Origin: Hebrew, Etruscan, Sumerian
- Nina (Russian)
- Ninos (Ancient Assyrian)
- Ninus (Ancient Greek)