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Meaning and Name Origin

Nena \n(e)-na\ as a name for girls has the meaning "little girl; great-granddaughter". Nena is a derivative of Nina (Spanish, Hebrew). Somewhat unusual as a girls' name.


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

Nena has 10 more different forms via Nina: Ninacska, Nineta, Ninete, Ninetta, Ninette, Ninnette, Ninochka, Ninon, Ninoska and Ninotchka.


Nena is a very popular first name for women (#1638 out of 4276, Top 38%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Nena for girls. Nena reached its top rank of #816 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the girl name Nena and associated names. The only other prominent alternative form of Nena listed in the Top 1000 is Nina (#295 the previous year). These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and have become significantly less popular since. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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, Nona, Nonah, Noni and Nonna. Other suggested similar baby names are Bena, Dena, Eena, Gena, 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.