Nerina is an Italian female name, the feminine form of Nerio, itself a variant spelling of Nereo which is the Italian form of Nereus. In Greek mythology, Nereus is the name of the Greek god of the sea, the father of the Nereids, and was a shapeshifter who had the gift of prophecy. He was known as the Old Man of the Sea. Though the name seems to be derived from Greek neros meaning “water”, it seems more likely that it comes from a pre-Greek origin.
It’s also possible that Nerina is a variant of Nereid, the name of sea-nymphs, the 50 daughters of Nereus and Doris; the name essentially means “daughters of Nereus”.
Origin: uncertain, possible pre-Greek
- Nerena (English, Dutch)
- Nerine (English)
- Nereen (English)
- Nerene (English)