Amina

Origin: Arabic

أمينة (Arabic) Aminah- truthful

آمنة (Arabic) Amina- feel safe

Meaning: feminine form of Amin (امين) meaning “truthful”. It could also be derived from Arabic amin (أمن) meaning “safe” or “feel safe”.

Variants: Aminah, Ameena, Ameenah, Aamina, Aaminah; Emina (Bosnian); Amin (m)

Interesting fact: There was a female warrior queen in the northwest of Nigeria named Amina (1533-1610), in a state now known as Zaria (formerly Zazzau). She was a Hausa Muslim warrior and known as a renowned military warrior, expanding her kingdom’s boundaries as well as building walls around her military encampments, some of which have survived to this day (known as Amina’s walls), and was considered “a woman as capable as a man”.

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