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Gender: Female Origin of Lena: English, Scottish, Dutch, German, and Scandinavian, diminutive of various names ending in lena Lena's Popularity in 2017: #304

The name Lena is a girl's name of English origin. Lena is ranked #304 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 "This or That?------------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.

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.

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Famous People Named Lena

Lena Dunham, American actress and filmmaker
Lena Headey, English actress
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, American actress and singer
Lena Meyer-Landrut, German singer
Lena Yada, Japanese-American pro wrestler
Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer
Lena Elizabeth Tindall (b. 2018), daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II
Elena Sergeevna "Lena" Katina, Russian singer of group t.A.T.u
Lena Waithe, American actress, producer and screenwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Lena

Lena the Hyena, character from the "Li'l Abner" universe
Lena Sayers, character in the anime "My-Otome"
Lena Kaligaris, character in Ann Brashares's "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"
Lena Grove, character in "Light in August" by William Faulkner
Lena Leonard, character in movie "Punch-Drunk Love"
Lena Duchannes, character in Caster Chronicles & Beautiful Creatures series
Lena St. Clair, character in Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club"
Lena, character in movie "Blue Crush"
Lena Luthor, character in DC Comics and CW show "Supergirl"
Lena Adams Foster, a lead character on TV's "The Fosters"
Magdelena "Lena" Ella Haloway Tiddle, main character in "Delirium" trilogy by Lauren Oliver
Lena, stereotypical Scandinavian in "Ole and Lena" jokes
Lena Pearce, character in the game "Watch Dogs"
Lena "Tracer" Oxton, character in the game "Overwatch"
Lena Adams, character in the "Will Trent" series by Karin Slaughter
Lena, character in "DuckTales"
Lena, character in ABC's "Splitting Up Together"
Lena, also known as Ghost Bird, character in "Southern Reach" series

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Lena's International Variations

Leni (Dutch)