Quick Facts on Alina
- Arabic, German, Scottish, Slavic
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Noble, illustrious, lovely, bearer of light
Etymology & Historical Origin - Alina
Alina is a name of debatable origin. On the one hand, it is thought to be from an Arabic word for ‘illustrious’. The name is popular among German speaking countries and as such is said to be a contracted form of the name Adeline, which is a diminutive of Adѐle – from the Germanic language also meaning ‘noble’. Lastly, Alina in Scotland is considered a feminized form of the male Alistair (the Gaelic equivalent of the Greek name Alexander which means ‘defender of men’). Or else a respelling of Aileen from the Gaelic “àlainn” meaning ‘lovely’. In Armenian, the name is said to mean ‘bearer of light’. In any case, all of these meanings have relatively the same common theme – one of nobility, lightness and loveliness. It’s not a name common among English-speaking nations. Rather, the name is ranked high in Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein (primarily German-speaking countries) as well as many Slavic nations such as Russia, Belarus, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also a popular name in Kazakhstan.
Popularity of the Name Alina
The female name Alina first entered the U.S. popularity charts in 1975, although it would take a good 10 years for the name to find a permanent place on the charts. In the past 25 years, the name has slowly advanced up the charts and for one year (2007) enjoyed a spot on the Top 200 list of most commonly used girl names. As an uncommon name among native English-speakers, Alina retains a certain exoticness from far-off places. It’s an original choice for Americans – not one of the typical Western names rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition that have always dominated the naming charts in the United States. Alina is unique and different. She stands apart – graceful and elegant. As the ‘bearer of light’ – this little darling is certain to light up your life.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alina
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alina
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alina
Alina We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alina.
Popular Songs on Alina
Alina - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Alina.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Alina
Alina a Russian Girl Comes to Israel: A Russian Girl Comes to Israel (Mira Meir) - A young girl who has recently come to Israel from Russia with her family misses her old home and feels out of place in her new country. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Alina
Famous People Named Alina - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Alina.
Children of Famous People Named Alina
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Alina - Dave Foley (Canadian comic/writer)
Alina - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Alina - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alina.
Personality of the Girl Name Alina
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alina