The name Lena is a girl's name of English origin. Lena is ranked #276 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Girl Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".
From the experts:
This pet form of Helena and other ena-ending names, long used as an independent name, is attracting notice again as an option both multicultural and simple. Lena was a Top 100 name from 1880 to 1920. It reached its highest ranking since the Truman Administration in 2015 at Number 272, and has dropped only slightly to 276 in 2016.
A past inspiration might be the lovely singer Lena Horne, a contemporary one is the hot creator of and actress in Girls, Lena Dunham, another might be Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey.
Lena Grove is a simple but strong character in William Faulkner's Light in August.