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What does Lena mean?

Lena Pronunciation of Lena [lena] as a girls' name is pronounced LEE-nah. Originally as a name ending of names like Helena and Marlene. Used as an independent name since the mid-19th century. Actress Lena Olin; singer Lena Horne; director Lina Wertmuller.

Associated with: 19th century.


Lena has 4 variants: Leena, Leina, Leyna and Lina.

Related girl names: Helen, Aileen, Alina, Arlene, Eileen, Eleanor, Madeline and Olena.

3 more alternative forms via Helena, Lina, Marlene: Helana, Lyna and Marna.

Creative forms:
(female) Lehna, Lelo, ..

(male) Lenam, Lenie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lena Madeline (L.M.), ..

How popular is Lena?

Lena is a very prominent first name for females (#259 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#24642 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Lena reached its peak position of #44 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #272. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Lena (#272 last year) are Eleanor (#60 last year), Madeline (#90), Alina (#172), Helen (#419), Aileen (#515), Helena (#534), Eileen (#694), Lina (#857), Marlene (#1174), Leena (#1259), Arlene (#1376), Olena, Marna and Leyna. Usage of these forms of Lena was common a century ago (usage of 5.88%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.92%, 84%), with forms like Arlene falling out of fashion. Madeline has been the most prominent, though Aileen has become popular as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lena, Aileen, Alina, Arlene, Eileen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Helen, Helena, Leena, Leyna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lina, Madeline, Marlene, Marna, Olena in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Eleanor, Lina, Madeline outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lena is pronounced similarly to Laina, Lana, Lanae, Lanah, Lanna, Lannah, Leeona, Lenae, Leni, Leonie, Leowna, Lianna, Linah, Linea, Linna, Linnae, Linnea, Loni, Luana, Luanna, Luna, Lynae, Lynah, Lynnae and Lynnea. Other suggested similar names are Bena, Dena, Eena, Gena, Hena, Jena, Kena, Lane, Lea, Lean, Leann, Leda, Leia, Lela, Lenda, Lene, Leone, Leta, Lexa, Leya, Lin, Linn, Lyn, Lynn, Mena, Nena, Rena, Sena, Tena, Vena, Xena and Zena. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lena.

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