from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name in continuous use since the 19th century.
  • proper n. The Babylonian goddess of the watery deep, daughter of Ea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A goddess of the watery deep and daughter of Ea.


Borrowed into English in the nineteenth century, apparently from several sources. Many borrowings are of Russian Нина, the name of a Georgian fourth century saint, also known as Nino, of obscure origin and meaning, possibly connected with the Assyrian king Ninus. Others are of an Italian short form of diminutives like Annina from Anna and Giovannina from Giovanna. (Wiktionary)



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