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Quick Facts on Alena

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • German, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 729
ah-LEH-na; ah-LEE-na
Simple meaning:
Ray of light (Helen); or Of Magdala (Magdalena)

Characteristics of Alena

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alena

Alena is a German and Slavic name generally considered the short form of Magdalena or Helena. It’s a super popular name among Slavs in the Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belarus. It is also used with some moderation in Germany. When the name is used as a pet form of Helena then it would be tied to the etymology meaning “ray of light (sunbeam)”. However, if Alena is being used in connection to Magdalena, then it would mean “of Magdala” (in reference to Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ beloved disciple). Please see the name pages Helena and Magdalena for more detail. Alenka is the darling diminutive of this Slavic beauty.

Popularity of the Name Alena

Alena appeared on the Top 1000 list of girl names once in the late 1800s and then again a couple times in the 1980s, but for all intents and purposes, this is a name that didn’t stick to the U.S. charts until 1993. The name showed favorable gains in usage within the first 10 years but has since reversed its course. Never achieving anything beyond low to mild levels of usage, Alena remains an original choice today. Like Mila, Alena is a lovely name choice for parents who want to tip their hats to their Slavic heritage. It’s simple, pretty and unpretentious. It’s also bright and cheerful – like a shining ray of light. The only unfortunate reality is that it may get lost in the noise of similar sounding names: Alana, Alaina, Alani, Alina, Aleena, Elena, etc.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alena
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alena

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alena

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alena

    Alena We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alena.

  • Popular Songs on Alena

    Popular Songs on Alena

    Alena - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Alena.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alena

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alena

    Alena & the Favorite Thing (Eric B. Anderson) - Alena & the Favorite Thing is the story of a bored little girl with a big imagination. When Alena's Poppa loses his favorite thing and can't even seem to remember what it is, he enlists his daughter in a quest to help him find it. From a basement filled with monsters, through a grand Victorian ballet hall, to a big top's center ring, and all the way to the moon, Alena and her trusty teddy bear search everywhere in a quest to find her Poppa's favorite thing! A heartwarming tale for parents and children of all ages. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Alena

    Famous People Named Alena

    Famous People Named Alena - Alena Leonova (Russian figure skater); Alena Popchanka (Olympic swimmer from Belarus); Alena Neumiarzhitskaya (Olympic sprinter from Belarus); Alena Vrzáňová (Czech figure skater); Alena Šeredová (Czech model)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alena

    Children of Famous People Named Alena

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Alena - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alena.

  • Historic Figures

    Alena - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Alena - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alena.

Personality of the Girl Name Alena

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alena

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