What does Lena mean?
Lena \l(e)-na\ 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.
Lena has 30 more alternative forms via Helena, Lina, Marlene: Halina, Helaina, Helana, Heleena, Helenna, Hellena, Lyna, Marla▼, Marlaina, Marlana, Marlane, Marlayna, Marlayne, Marlea, Marlee, Marleen, Marleena, Marleene, Marleina, Marlen, Marlena▼, Marleni, Marley, Marlie, Marlin, Marlina, Marline, Marlyn▼, Marlynne and Marna.
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)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Lena for girls. Lena reached its peak position of #44 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #279. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Lena (#279 last year) are Eleanor (#78 last year), Madeline (#89), Alina (#192), Marley (#202), Helen (#404), Marlee (#470), Helena (#502), Aileen (#562), Eileen (#711), Lina (#767), Marlie, Marlyn, Arlene, Marlene, Marlen, Marlena and Marla. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4463%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3747%, down 16%), with forms like Marlene, Helen, Marla, Marlena and Marlyn falling out of fashion. The trendier birth names here are Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Helena (#502), Alina (#192) and Madeline (#89), and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for Eleanor, Helena, Lena and Madeline. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Lena and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Lena is pronounced similarly to Laina, Lana, Lanae, Lanah, Lanai, Lani, Lanna, Leana, Leanah, Leanna▼, Leenah, Leeona, Leiana, Lenae, Lenah, Lenai, Lenna▼, Lenya, Leona▼, Leoni, Leonia, Leowna, Lewana, Liana, Linah, Linea, Linna, Lona▼, Loni, Lonna, Luana, Luna, Lynae, Lynah, Lynea and Lynna. Other suggested similar baby names are Bena, Dena▼, Eena, Gena▼, Jena▼, Kena, Lane, Lea▼, 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.