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Quick Facts on Lena

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • German, Polish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 331
LEE-na or LAY-na
Simple meaning:
No specific meaning

Characteristics of Lena

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lena

Lena is a name taken from the suffix of other female names such as Elena, Helena, Magdalena, Marlena, Selena, etc. Therefore, the name has no specific meaning. It’s used most commonly among Scandinavians, Polish and German speaking people. It’s also the Russian short form of Yelena (Helen). Among German speakers in Switzerland, Lena is the #1 most popular girl’s name (2010). It is also commonly used in Germany and Austria where it’s the 3rd most popular female name. It’s ranked #4 in Poland and #16 in France. Lena is also ranked on the Top 100 lists in Belgium, Hungary, Croatia, Ireland and Slovenia. This is a truly cosmopolitan name!

Popularity of the Name Lena

Lena has held a continuous position on the American female naming charts for over 130 years (and prior). In the late 1800s, Lena was a Top 50 choice for little girls. She remained a Top 100 favorite all the way up until 1921. As the 20th century progressed, Lena slowly fell from favor. Her lowest point came right at the turn of the 21st century, but since then Lena has regained some ground. The name is still only used lightly on the relative basis (especially compared to 100 years ago), but she is clearly here for the long haul. Lena is a pretty choice conveying a delicate simplicity and elegance.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lena
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lena

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lena

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lena

    Lena Grove (Light in August) Lena Grove is a pivotal character in William Faulkner’s 1932 novel, Light in August. She is a pregnant woman who is searching for the father of her unborn child, who has moved to another state, promising to send for her. Young and naïve, Lena is nonetheless a brave and determined woman who is trying to do right by her child and provide the structure of a family for him. Lena faces all the hardships and challenges that life sends her way in an unflinching and stoic manner, yet she does not despair. She simply soldiers on, fixed on the pursuit of her goals against all odds. The baby’s father is hardly worthy of her efforts – he is a lazy con artist who cravenly runs away instead of facing his responsibilities. Lena gives birth to her baby son in an old, rural cabin and continues on with her search undaunted. She is such a force of life herself, one can rest assured that her baby will not really need his worthless father, when he has such a mother.

    Lena St. Clair (The Joy Luck Club) Lena is a character in Amy Tan’s best-selling 1989 novel, The Joy Luck Club, which has also been adapted into a film and a play. Lena is the daughter of Ying-Ying, a girl born in China in the Year of the Tiger, whose natural spirit has been repressed by her culture. She passes on her fears to Lena, the child of her and her American husband. Lena is also born in the Year of the Tiger, but she grows to be a woman like her mother, fearful and anxious and bowing to the will of the males in her life. Trapped in a loveless marriage and emulating her mother’s behavior, Lena begins to realize how the story of her mother’s life has affected her own. At the same time, Ying-Ying is beginning to understand how her own actions, or lack thereof, have affected her daughter. It is in the power of communication, no matter how fraught with emotion, that empathy and understanding can work their healing on Lena.

  • Popular Songs on Lena

    Popular Songs on Lena

    Bald Headed Lena - a song by The Lovin' Spoonful

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lena

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lena

    A Song for Lena (Hilary Horder Hippely) - As Lena helps her grandmother make apple strudel, the woman tells her a story about her childhood in Hungary. One day, she and a friend are approached by a wandering beggar. They race to the house, frightened, but Mother decides that the man should have some of their just-made strudel. He repays their kindness by playing sweet, sad music on his violin. Each year he returns, has his piece of strudel, and plays, until finally one season the harvest comes, but the beggar does not. Father says that "Perhaps our friend isn't hungry anymore". He tells the children to listen closely, and they hear the wanderer's music in the sounds of the country night. A recipe for strudel is included. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip (Denia Lewis Hester) - Grandma Lena takes good care of the turnips she plants in her garden. One turnip grows so big that Grandma can't pull it out of the ground! Even when Grandpa, Uncle Izzy, and the dog help Grandma yank and tug, the big ol' turnip doesn't budge. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Lena and the Lady's Slippers (Pam Scheunemann) - A story about Minnesota both fact and fable. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lena and the Whale (Deirdre Kessler) - Lena has a 6th sense for knowing when animals are in trouble. That's how she found Hawkster, a young crow with a broken wing, and others. Her 6th sense puts her in the right place when a baby humpback whale swims too close to shore. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashares) - Return to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants...ten years later. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares comes the welcome return of the characters whose friendship became a touchstone for a generation. Now Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. And though the jeans they shared are long gone, the sisterhood is everlasting. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares) - Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything), thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and take the vow of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants...the next morning, they say good-bye. And now the journey of the pants–and the most memorable summer of their lives–begins. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

    Twelve Hats for Lena : A Book of Months (Karen Katz) - Young Lena, a fan of fancy headwear, enthusiastically embarks on an arts-and-crafts project to create a hat for each month of the year. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Lena

    Famous People Named Lena

    Famous People Named Lena - Lena Horne (singer and entertainer); Lena Olin (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lena

    Children of Famous People Named Lena

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

  • Historic Figures

    Lena - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Lena

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Lena

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