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Mina family
Family heritage
Blood status

Wizarding family of unknown degree

Notable family members
House(s)

Gryffindor

Mina was the surname of a wizarding family. It is unknown if they were pure-blood, or had both Muggle and magical heritage.

Known family members

Etymology

The surname Mina has several different origins. As Portuguese surname, it derives from an ethnic name for a person who came from or had travelled to the place historically known in Portuguese as the Costa da Mina[1] (roughly meaning "Coast of the Mine", a name deriving from the trade of gold and slaves from the factories therein established during the Portuguese Age of Discovery), a region of the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa corresponding to modern-day Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.[2] As a Spanish surname, it is a name for someone from a place called Mina or La Mina, from the Spanish mina, "mine."[1] As a Greek surname, it is a variant form of Minas,[1] which derives from the Greek personal name Menas, itself derived from the Ancient Egyptian name Mena (which belonged to the Pharaoh Mena, also known as Menes).[3]

The surname's multiple uses in the Harry Potter films are a tribute to graphic artist Miraphora Mina.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Mina" on Ancestry.com
  2. "Costa da Mina" on Portuguese Wikipedia
  3. "Minas" on Ancestry.com

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