Ina Claire In the musical play, The Girl From Utah
Ina Claire in The Girl From Utah Image via WikipediBarefoot Contessa

A celebrity chef pretty much owns this miniature appellation, but once upon a time she was quite common.

Thanks to Kerri for suggesting Ina as our Baby Name of the Day.

Miniature names are very much in vogue.

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  1. I really like the name, but it is probably too similar to my Mila for me to ever use. I also love Nina – both pronounced ee-na and nee-na not the “eye” pronounciation, which sounds quite odd to me. I am a huge fan of Ina May Gaskin so that would be a very positive association for me.

  2. My Grandmother Christina, whose family came from Scotland, was always called Ina (pronounced eye-nah). Apparently it was a very common nickname for the girls who had been named to honor male relatives (Jamesina, Thomasina etc.). I would have trouble seeing Ina as anything other than a cute nickname.

    1. Interesting, Jen – today I think a Jamesina would be called Jamie, a Thomasina would be Tommie or Tammy … but there are so many ends-in-ina names that it makes sense.

  3. Am I the only one who think it sounds like the start of the children’s counting out game – eeh-ha, mee-nah, my-nah, mo???!!

  4. This is the type of name my husband usually likes, short and nickname proof, however I’d like it more if it was spelled Ena. I’m not usually fan of changing a spelling to suit a preferred pronunciation, but this would be an exception — Ina just feels incomplete.