Short form of given names ending in -ina, e.g. Georgina, Christina, Wilhelmina.
Ina A female given name. 1935 Winthrop Ames: What Shall We Name the Baby? Simon and Schuster, New York. page 18: Miss Ina Claire tells me that half her acquaintances call her "Eenah" and the other half "Eynah". She answers docilely to either. 1995 Salman Rushdie: The Moor's Last Sigh ISBN 0 224 03814 1 page 139: The eldest, originally called Christina in spite of her Jewish father's protests, eventually had her name sliced in half. "Stop sulking, Abe," Aurora commanded. "From now on she's plain Ina without the Christ." So poor Ina grew up with only half a handle, and when the second child was born a year later matters were made worse because this time Aurora insisted on "Inamorata". Abraham protested again: "People will confuse," he said plaintively. "And this Ina-more it is like saying she is Ina-plus."
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