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Meaning and Name Origin

Dena \d(e)-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.


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

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Diana.

Dena has 14 more alternative forms via Deana, Dina: Dayana, Dayanna, Deeana, Deeanna, Denah, Deona, Deonna, Diahna, Dianna, Diannah, Dyana, Dyanna, Dyna and Dynah.


Dena is a very prominent first name for females (#571 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#23889 out of 88799, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Dena for girls. Dena reached its peak rank of #284 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dena name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Dena and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Dena ranked in the Top 1000 are Dayana (#599 in 2014), Dean, Deana, Deanna, Deena, Deneen, Diana (#297), Dianna, Dina and Dinah. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and are now much less widespread, with versions like Deanna, Dena, Dianna, Dina and Dinah becoming somewhat dated. Dayana (#599) and Diana (#297) are two of the more trendy baby names in this compilation, with Dayana going through a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dayana, Dean, Deana, Deanna, Deena, Dena, Deneen, 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, Dahna, Daina, Dana, Danae, Danah, Danay, Danea, Dani, Dania, Danna, Dany, Danya, Dawna, Dayna, Deenya, Denae, Denay, Deney, Deni, Denny, Dhana, Digna, Dinae, Dinay, Dinya, Diona, Dona, Donia, Donna, Donya, Duana, Duena, Duna and Dwana. Other recommended similar baby names are Bena, Dama, Dane, Dea, Deann, Deja, Deka, Dela, Demi, Demia, Deon, Deva, Drena, Eena, Gena, Jena, Kena, Lena, Mena, Nena, Rena, Sena, Tena, Vena, Xena and Zena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dena.