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What does Carlena mean?

Carlena Pronunciation of Carlena [car-lena] as a girls' name has its root in Old German, and the name Carlena means "free man". Carlena is a variant form of Carla (Old German). Carlena is also a derivative of Carlene (Old German).


Carlena has 7 variants: Carlaena, Carlana, Carleena, Carlenna, Carlina, Karlena and Karlina.

46 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, Carlista, Carlita, Carlla, Carlonda, Carlreca, Carly, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyse, Karla, Karleen, Karlen, Karlene, Karlin, Karlita, Karlla, Karlyn and Karlynn.

Creative forms:
(female) Callena, Carlera, ..

(male) Carlean, Carler, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carlena Adleigh (C.A.), ..

How popular is Carlena?

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Carlena (not ranked) are Carla (#873 from recent data), Carlee (#768), Carleen, Carleigh (#1095), Carlene, Carletta, Carlette, Carley (#1106), Carli (#1521), Carlie (#1047), Carline, Carly (#389), Carlyn, Karla (#510), Karleen and Karlene. Other variants, like Carlla, are seldom used. These forms of Carlena were favored by parents in 1996 (median #1273) and have become significantly less popular since (#1456, down 62%). Karla has been the most prevalent, though Carly is now the more favored form, while forms such as Carley used to be popular. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carla, Carlee, Carleen, Carleigh, Carlene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carletta, Carlette, Carley, Carli, Carlie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carline, Carly, Carlyn, Karla, Karleen, Karlene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carlena is alike in pronunciation to Carlyna. Other recommended names are Cailen, Cailene, Caraleen (see Caroline), Caraleena, Caralin, Caralynn, Careen, Careena, Carena, Carenna, Caresa, Carilyn, Carina, Carlein, Carlinda, Carlyta (see Carly), Carmela, Carmen, Carmesa, Carolann, Carolein (see Caroline), Caroliana, Carolin, Carolynn, Carren, Carrina, Catlina, Catreena, Ceilena, Celena, Cerena, Charlea, Charleen, Charleene, Charlena, Charlene, Charlina, Charline, Charlynn, Cholena, Coralena, Corena, Corlene, Correna, Cyrena, Darlena, Darlene, Darlina, Earldena (see Earla), Earlina, Fareena, Jalena, Jardena, Karena, Karrena, Larena, Malena, Marlea, Marleina, Marlena, Marlene, Marleni, Marlina, Raelena, Salena, Sareena, Starlena, Talena, Tareena, Tarena, Valena, Varena, Yalena and Zareena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carlena.

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