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Quick Facts on Jenna

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Arabic, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 227
Simple meaning:
The fair one, small bird

Characteristics of Jenna

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jenna

Jenna is a fanciful respelling of the name Jenny, which is derived from the English Jennifer. Jennifer is essentially the anglicized version of the Celtic name Guinevere from Arthurian Legends. Guinevere comes from the Gaelic name “Gwenhwyfar” which translates to gwen (fair) + hwyfar (smooth), or, quite simply: the fair one. Jenny was originally an English pet form of the name Jennifer, but became an independent name in its own right. Jenna is a Latinized version of Jenny by adding the feminine suffix “-a”. In the Arabic language, Jenna apparently means “small bird.”

Popularity of the Name Jenna

The name Jenna makes her first appearance on the U.S. popularity graphs in 1971, debuting in on the charts at position #875 (i.e., low usage). However, thanks to the popular 1980s television series, Dallas, the name experiences a significant increase in usage between 1978 and 1984. One of the key characters of the series, Jenna Wade, was notably played by Pricilla Presley. The name Jenna reached a spot on the Top 100 list in 1984, and stays there for over 20 years. The next significant jump in the name’s popularity came in 2001, the year George W. Bush assumed the presidency in January. As a first daughter, Jenna’s name gained another little push up the charts. By 2007, however, Jenna falls off the Top 100 list so it appears her prom queen days are over. Jenna is a really pretty, really simple sounding name in the ever-popular “J” category of names. If you don’t mind that it’s most famously borne by a Porn Star (i.e., Jenna Jamison), we’ll forgive you.
Popularity of the Girl Name Jenna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jenna

  • Popular Songs on Jenna

    Popular Songs on Jenna

    Jenna - a song by King's X

    Jenna Bush Army - a song by Nerf Herder

    Jenna Jameson - a song by Daycare Swindlers

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jenna

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jenna

    Adoration of Jenna Fox (Mary Pearson) - Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox wakes from what she believes is a year-long coma, becoming reacquainted with herself by watching recordings made by her doting parents. Lamia artfully voices Jenna’s increasing awareness as she gathers clues about her past. Recommended for ages 13+

    Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (Emily Franklin) - Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers-known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Recommended for ages 13+

    Jenna and the Three R's (Susan Blackaby) - Jenna helps her brothers, Ray, Rick and Rob, understand the “three R’s” (i.e., reduce, reuse and recycle) as they complete their tasks. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jenna's Dilemma: Camp Confidential (Melissa J. Morgan) - Summer camp means lots of things: new friends, roommates, bug bites, bathroom duty...But it's also a chance to be on your own and to reinvent yourself. A shy girl can become the belle of the ball, and a jock might find new competition. Natalie, Jenna, Grace, and Alex have all found themselves at Camp Lakeview for different reasons. And each is keeping a secret. But if everyone is hiding something, how will they ever become friends? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    My Big Fat Secret: How Jenna Takes Control of Her Emotions and Eating (Lynn R., Ph.D. Schechter) - Jenna is having a tough time in middle school. She just turned 12, she hates gym, and she's overweight. Jenna has good friends and cool hobbies, but when some of her classmates make fun of her, she just feels so bad! And to make things worse, when Jenna feels sad or mad or stressed out, she starts to eat and she just can't stop! Through Jenna's story, kids will learn how to say goodbye to emotional eating and hello to a healthy lifestyle. They'll see how to create an action plan to stop overeating before it starts, identify emotional triggers that push them to food, and get healthier by taking better care of their bodies and minds. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Where's Jenna? (Margaret Miller) - Because Miller's great photos tell a good story all by themselves, this is one of those wonderful books that little ones will want to "read" on their own. But Miller delivers more than a plot children can follow in pictures. She's actually out to introduce basic spatial relationships and the prepositions that demonstrate them--words like above, under, and between. Her narrative, presented in large, clear type, describes a little girl named Jenna on her way to a bath. In a hide-and-seek game that will strike a delightfully familiar chord among kids, Jenna happily leads her mother on a merry chase, leaving a colorful trail of clothing, on, behind, under, and between. Recommended for ages 3-5.

  • Famous People Named Jenna

    Famous People Named Jenna

    Famous People Named Jenna - Jenna Boyd (actress); Jenna Bush (daughter of President George W. Bush); Jenna Dewan (actress); Jenna Elfman (actress); Jenna Fischer (actress); Jenna Hawkins (mother of Laura Bush and grandmother of Jenna Bush); Jenna Jameson (porn actress); Jenna Lee (broadcast journalist); Jenna Leigh Green (actress); Jenna Lewis (reality TV star from Survivor); Jenna McCorkell (figure skater)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jenna

    Children of Famous People Named Jenna

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Jenna - Englebert Humperdink (composer); George W. Bush (U.S. President); Laura Bush (U.S. First Lady)

  • Historic Figures

    Jenna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Jenna

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jenna

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