Meaning and Name Origin
Carlena \c(a)-rle-na, car-lena\ as a girls' name. Carlena's root is Old German, and the name Carlena means "free man". Carlena is a variant of Carla (Old German): feminine of Carl and short form of Caroline. Carlena is also a derivative of Carlene (Old German): Carlene and Carline are feminine form of Carl or Charles.
Carlena has 47 more alternative forms via Carla, Carlene: Carlah, Carle, Carleah, Carlee▼, Carleen▼, Carleesia, Carleeza, Carleigh, Carlen, Carleta, Carletha, Carlethe, Carletta, Carlette, Carley▼, Carli▼, Carlia, Carlicia, Carlie▼, Carlin, Carline, Carliqua, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlisha, Carlisia, Carlissa, Carlissia, Carlista, Carlita, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlreca, Carly▲, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyse, Karla▲, Karleen, Karlen, Karlene, Karlin, Karlita, Karlla, Karlyn and Karlynn.
Carlena is a somewhat popular first name for females (#4262 out of 4276, Top 100%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carlena and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Carlena (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Carla (#864 last year), Carlee (#829), Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene, Carley, Carli, Carlie (#966), Carly (#357), Karla (#504) and Karlene. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 1996 and have become significantly less popular since, with versions such as Carla, Carlee, Carley, Carli and Carlie becoming somewhat outmoded. Carly (#357) and Karla (#504) are two of the more trendy names for newborns among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Carlena is alike in pronunciation to Carlyna. Other recommended similar baby names are Caraleena, Careena, Carena, Carilena, Carlan, Carlein, Carlinda, Carling, Carllen, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carolena, Carolina▲, Charleena, Charlena, Charlene▼, Charlina, Coralena, Corlene, Darlena, Earlena and Marlena▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carlena.