Lena - girls name

Lena name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 96%

Lena name meaning:

The name Lena is of Greek origin and is a shortened form of the name Helena or Magdalena. It has various meanings depending on its cultural origins. In Greek, Lena means "light" or "shining," symbolizing brightness and radiance. It can also be derived from the Greek word "lenos," meaning "the soft part inside the bark of a tree," suggesting a gentle and tender nature.

In some Slavic languages, Lena is associated with the word "lena" meaning "small bird" or "bird-like," indicating a free-spirited and lively personality. Additionally, in Arabic, Lena is believed to mean "tender" or "tender-hearted," emphasizing kindness and compassion.

Overall, the name Lena carries a sense of warmth, positivity, and femininity. It signifies someone who brings light and happiness to others, and possesses a gentle and caring nature. Lena is a beautiful name that reflects both strength and grace, making it a popular choice for parents seeking a name with a timeless and meaningful quality.

Origin: Greek


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Overall UK ranking: 218 out of 5581

229 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (205)

Historical popularity of Lena

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