Minerva is the name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and war (specifically strategic war), the arts, and crafts, and is the Roman counterpart of the Greek goddess Athena- the owl is often depicted as a sacred animal to both of them. The origin of the name is uncertain. It could possibly be derived from Latin mens meaning “intellect” or “mind”, though it seems more likely that the name is of Etruscan origin, perhaps adopted from the 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”.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Etruscan
- Mínerva (Icelandic)
- Minerve (French)