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Gender: Female Meaning of Jenna: "white shadow, white wave" Origin of Jenna: English, diminutive of Jennifer Jenna's Popularity in 2017: #386

The name Jenna is a girl's name of English, Welsh origin meaning "white shadow, white wave". Jenna is ranked #386 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "drop your least favourite w randomly generated names - girls with middles".

From the experts:

Jenna was first noted on the 1980s TV series Dallas, later associated with one of the First Twin Daughters. Jenna is still being used, but no longer feels much fresher than Jennifer. You can also spell it Jena, but then many people will pronounce it jeen-a, as in Gina.

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Famous People Named Jenna

Jennifer Mary "Jenna" Elfman, American actress
Regina Marie "Jenna" Fischer, American actress
Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz, American actress
Jenna Lee Dewan-Tatum, American actress
Jenna Marie Jameson, American adult film actress
Jenna Welch Bush Hager, daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush
Jenna Marbles (born Jenna Nicole Mourey), American Youtuber
Jenna Ezarik, American Youtuber
Jenna-Louise Coleman, English actress
Jennifer Jean "Jenna" Von Oy, American actress
Jenna McCorkell, Northern Irish figure skater
Jenna Michelle Boyd, American actress
Jennifer Anne "Jenna" Lee, American news anchor
Jenna Leigh Green (born Jennifer Leigh Greenberg), American actress
Jenna Lewis, American reality TV personality ("Survivor: Borneo")
Jenna Rachael McDougall, Australian singer of band Tonight Alive
Jenna Morasca, American pro wrestler and reality TV personality ("Survivor: The Amazon")
Jenna Rose (Swerdlow), American singer
Jenna Haze, American adult film actress
Jenna Louise Hawkins Welch, mother of U.S First Lady Laura Bush
Jenna Leigh Johnson, American Olympic swimmer
Jenna Presley (born Brittni Ruiz), American adult film actress
Jenna Russell, English actress
Jenna Santoromito, Australian water polo player
Jenna McCormick, Australian soccer and football player
Jenna Black Joseph, wife of musician Tyler R. Joseph of Twenty-One Pilots
Jenna Hoffman (b. 1970), daughter of actors Dustin Hoffman and Anna Byrne
Jenna Shirley England (b. 1999), daughter of curler Sandra Schmirler and Shannon England
Jenna Compono, TV personality
Jenna Johnson, American dancer

Pop Culture References for the name Jenna

Jenna Hamilton, main character on MTV's "Awkward"
Jenna Wade, character on TV's "Dallas"
Jenna Cavanaugh Marshall, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars "
Jenna Maroney, character on TV's "30 Rock"
Jenna Ashby, Character in The Chemical Gardens Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
Jenna the Angel, character in movie "Little Nicky"
Jenna Sommers, character in The Vampire Diaries series
Jenna Darabond, character in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
Jenna Dapananian, character in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
Jenna Betancourt, character in "The Purge"
Jenna, character in video game series Golden Sun
Jenna, dog in the Balto movies
Jenna, character in the Magyk novel series by Angie Sage
Jenna Middleton, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Jenna Morgan, character on animated series "Arthur"
Jenna Avid, character on TV's "Baywatch: Hawaii"
'The Adoration of Jenna Fox," novel by Mary E. Pearson
Jenna Rink, main character in the movie "13 Going on 30"
Jenna Heap, character in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
Jenna, character in musical "Waitress"

Jennah, Jena


Armor Says:


This name was pretty popular in the late 80s and 90s. It's actually my niece's name. My sister and her husband care a lot about meanings, and they found that Jenna was actually a very diverse name, with dozens of meanings. Shadow, ghost, wave, bird (any of the prior with an optional "white" added to the beginning), fair lady, and peaceful. Peaceful is the Japanese meaning, which isn't very popular, but I think it should be. It is thought of as overused because of a few decades ago, but now it is actually not very popular, and was never more popular than names like Rebecca, Crystal, or Kaitlyn. Even in the 80s and 90s.

Armor Says:


It sounds a bit like Jenna Jameson... look her up.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I think that the name Jenna is really sweet. I don't associate this name as a short version or nick name for Jennifer, because I think it is nicer! Jenna is still being used, it made the top US 300 and just on a whole nice. I think a cute sin set with Jenna in it is Jenna Grace (Grace being a middle) and Polly Noelle, (Noelle being her middle name)

Linny Says:


What do you think about Jenna James (James being her middle name)? Tia

Lola Says:



Bobcat108 Says:


This is pretty definitively a mid/late '80s–mid/late '90s name.

Zelliew Says:


Both are nice but I agree Gemma is nicer

babymagic Says:


Straight out of the 80's clearance aisle. Lovely meaning though.

TaliaCat Says:


Pretty, feminine name... Much nicer than Jennifer

Jenna Says:


Jenna also can mean "little bird".

jordalini Says:


I much prefer Gemma, it is fresher, and still has the same feel.