Have You Ever Wondered What “Minaj” Actually Means?

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Not only does Nicki Minaj’s butt raise a lot of questions, her stage name does, too!

Ever since the rap star’s rise to fame back in 2010, many have questioned the meaning behind her name. What does “Minaj” mean? What does it represent and why did Nicki choose it?

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We attempt to solve this mystery!

Let’s get one thing straight – “Nicki Minaj” isn’t Nicki’s real name. To her nearest and dearest, she actually goes by her birth name – Onika Tanya Maraj.

So how did the Anaconda star come up with “Minaj”? Although Nicki has never announced the meaning behind her stage name, fans and various sources online have tried to interpret and decode it themselves.

Was it a random play with letters?

Perhaps Nicki was just bored one day and decided to reassemble the letters in her real name while adding in an extra few. Onika Maraj, Nicki Minaj – an anagram might be your best bet.

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Did Nicki take it from a French word?

It sounds pretty random and a little boring but maybe Nicki Minaj simply liked the sound of the French word “ménage”, which means “household”. “Minaj” could then in fact be the Americanized version of that word. Too basic for Nicki? Think there’s more to it? Check out the next possibility…

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Does it signify something sexual?

Let’s be real. It makes total sense that Nicki would want her name to have a sexual connotation especially considering the true meaning of Truffle Butter (one of her songs) as well as other naughty lyrics in her music.

Urban Dictionary believes “Minaj” is short for “ménage à Trois”, meaning to “have a threesome” in French. Is Nicki a fan of threesomes? That would explain her reason for choosing a similar stage name! Cheeky, Nicki, cheeky!

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While there’s still no official meaning of “Minaj” out there, who’s to say we can’t speculate? What do you think it means? What was Nicki thinking when she created her stage name?

Want more from the Queen of Rap? Check out our awesome list of Nicki Minaj facts – you’ll learn things about her you never knew before!

Tale Teller

As an avid blogger and someone who eats, sleeps and breathes entertainment, I decided to take matters into my own hands and establish a showbiz-themed website. Ever since I can remember, I've been interested in the world of celebrities, have listened to the latest music, and watched the newest movies. My guilty pleasure is watching cheesy reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but I’m also a sucker for all things Marvel and DC - two entirely different worlds, I know. Other than writing about showbiz, I’m also a part-time freelancer, crafting articles for websites like Career Addict and Pangea.


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