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What does Dena mean?

Dena Pronunciation of Dena [de-na] as a girls' name is pronounced DEE-nah. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dena is "valley". Variant of Deana and Dina. Use of Dena followed the popularity of Dean in the 1950s.

Associated with: old english.


Dena has 12 variants: Deana, Deane, Deanna, Deena, Dene, Deneen, Denia, Denica, Denna, Denni, Dina and Dinah.

Related girl name: Diana.

12 more alternative forms via Deana, Dina: Dayana, Deeana, Deeanna, Denah, Deona, Deonna, Diahna, Dianna, Dyana, Dyanna, Dyna and Dynah.

Creative forms:
(female) Deda, Dera, ..

(male) Dein, Deno, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dena Amiah (D.A.), ..

How popular is Dena?

Dena is a very prominent first name for females (#571 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#21620 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Dena reached its peak rank of #294 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dena name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dena outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Dayana (#582 in 2015), Dean, Deana, Deane, Deanna (#1198), Deeanna, Deena, Deneen, Denna, Deonna, Diana (#295), Dianna (#1801), Dina (#1459) and Dinah are the prominent varying forms of Dena ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Denah, are uncommon. These forms of Dena were popular 6 decades ago (adoption of 0.6%) and are now much less widespread (adoption 0.11%, 82%), with versions like Diana becoming less trendy. Dayana is the most trendy baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dena, Dayana, Dean, Deana, Deane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deanna, Deeanna, Deena, Deneen, Denna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deonna, Diana, Dianna, Dina, Dinah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dena and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dena is alike in pronunciation to Daena, Dagna, Dana, Danah, Danee, Dania, Danna, Danni, Dannia, Danny, Danya, Denay, Dennie, Dhana, Dinay, Dinya, Diona, Dionna, Donni, Donya, Duana, Duayna, Duna, Dwana and Dwayna. Other recommended names are Bena, Dama, Dane, Dea, Deann, Deja, Deka, Dela, Demi, Demia, Deon, Deva, Drena, Eena, Gena, Hena, Jena, Kena, Lena, Mena, Nena, Rena, Sena, Tena, Vena, Xena and Zena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dena.

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