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What does Nena mean?

Nena Pronunciation of Nena [ne-na] as a name for girls has the meaning "little girl; great-granddaughter". Nena is a version of Nina (Spanish, Hebrew) with the prefix Ne-.

Associated with: little, great.


Nena has 6 variants: Neena, Neenah, Neina, Neneh, Nenna and Nyna.

Nena has 2 more different relations via Nina: Nineta and Ninon.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Nenan, Neno, ..

(male) Neen, Nenar, ..

How popular is Nena?

Nena is a very popular first name for women (#1638 out of 4276, Top 38%) and a slightly less popular surname for both adults and children (#123314 out of 150436, Top 82%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Displayed below is the birth name history of Nena for girls. Nena reached its top rank of #801 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Below is a charted study of the history of the girl name Nena and associated names. The only other prominent alternative form of Nena listed in the Top 2000 is Nina (#300 the previous year). These forms of Nena reached the peak of their popularity during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.12%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.06%, 45.6%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nena, Nina in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nena is alike in pronunciation to Nana, Nani, Nania, Nanna, Nanni, Nanny, Nona, Nonah, Noni, Nonie, Nonna, Nonnah and Pnina. Other suggested similar names are Bena, Dena, Eena, Gena, Hena, Jena, Kena, Lena, Mena, Nan, Nann, Nea, Neda, Neema, Neima, Neka, Nela, Neoma, Nera, Neta, Neva, Rena, Sena, Tena, Vena, Xena and Zena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nena.

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