Lena

First Name
137k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
975
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Lena mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Lena

"Lena" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Woman of Magdala". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Le"na
A procuress.

Etymology: L

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Russian river in Siberia; flows northward into the Laptev Sea
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, from the Scandinavian, German and Russian pet form of Helena, Magdalena and Yelena (also spelled Elena).
  2. Lena River, flowing 2,734 miles from the Baikal Mountains of Siberia to the Arctic Ocean.

Lena was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, German, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Lena

Lena Headey is an actress. She was most prominent from 1992 to present. Lena was born on October 3rd, 1973 in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Lena Dunham is an actress, writer, director, and producer. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Lena was born as the child of Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons on May 13th, 1986.

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Lena Horne was a broadway theatre, traditional pop music, and vocal jazz singer, dancer, actress, activist, and activism. She was most active from 1933 to 2000. Lena was given the name Lena Mary Calhoun Horne on June 30th, 1917 in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She breathed her last breath on May 9th, 2010.

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Lena Meyer-Landrut is a pop and indie pop musician. She holds the title Lena Meyer-Landrut "Satellite". She has been prominent since 2010. Lena was given the name Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut on May 23rd, 1991 in Hanover, Germany. Lena is also known as Lena.

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Lena Luthor is a comics character.

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Lena Olin is an actress. She has been prominent since 1976. Lena was given the name Lena Maria Jonna Olin on March 22nd, 1955 in Stockholm.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lena

Lena is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present.

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Nijaz Lena is a soccer player for the KF Teuta Durrës, FK Makedonija Gjorče Petrov, Flamurtari Vlorë, Macedonia national under-21 football team, and Macedonia national football team. Nijaz was born on June 25th, 1986 in Struga.

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Jeffrey was born in 1958.

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M was born on December 24th, 1859. He left this life on March 31st, 1928.

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How popular is the baby name Lena in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 603 603 0 #43 girl name
1881 555 555 0 #50 girl name
1882 697 697 0 #43 girl name
1883 800 800 0 #42 girl name
1884 906 906 0 #41 girl name
1885 876 876 0 #43 girl name
1886 992 992 0 #43 girl name
1887 1,004 1,004 0 #42 girl name
1888 1,170 1,162 8 #45 girl name
1889 1,096 1,096 0 #45 girl name
1890 1,137 1,137 0 #47 girl name
1891 1,180 1,174 6 #45 girl name
1892 1,234 1,234 0 #47 girl name
1893 1,261 1,261 0 #46 girl name
1894 1,360 1,360 0 #42 girl name
1895 1,289 1,289 0 #50 girl name
1896 1,326 1,318 8 #48 girl name
1897 1,239 1,239 0 #50 girl name
1898 1,326 1,320 6 #49 girl name
1899 1,159 1,159 0 #49 girl name
1900 1,506 1,506 0 #52 girl name
1901 1,216 1,216 0 #51 girl name
1902 1,225 1,225 0 #56 girl name
1903 1,207 1,200 7 #56 girl name
1904 1,234 1,228 6 #57 girl name
1905 1,258 1,258 0 #61 girl name
1906 1,206 1,206 0 #61 girl name
1907 1,244 1,238 6 #64 girl name
1908 1,336 1,331 5 #64 girl name
1909 1,295 1,295 0 #65 girl name
1910 1,436 1,431 5 #66 girl name
1911 1,454 1,449 5 #71 girl name
1912 1,912 1,903 9 #72 girl name
1913 1,973 1,973 0 #73 girl name
1914 2,268 2,259 9 #75 girl name
1915 2,933 2,927 6 #77 girl name
1916 2,874 2,869 5 #85 girl name
1917 3,015 3,004 11 #85 girl name
1918 2,944 2,937 7 #93 girl name
1919 2,884 2,872 12 #94 girl name
1920 2,793 2,785 8 #98 girl name
1921 2,717 2,710 7
1922 2,636 2,625 11
1923 2,525 2,520 5
1924 2,420 2,410 10
1925 2,245 2,235 10
1926 2,150 2,143 7
1927 1,996 1,985 11
1928 1,819 1,806 13
1929 1,630 1,625 5
1930 1,503 1,491 12
1931 1,311 1,300 11
1932 1,265 1,253 12
1933 1,097 1,088 9
1934 1,077 1,077 0
1935 972 966 6
1936 900 889 11
1937 852 847 5
1938 864 859 5
1939 765 765 0
1940 806 796 10
1941 795 795 0
1942 793 785 8
1943 781 776 5
1944 725 725 0
1945 724 724 0
1946 697 697 0
1947 706 706 0
1948 734 734 0
1949 636 628 8
1950 634 634 0
1951 627 627 0
1952 605 605 0
1953 614 609 5
1954 589 589 0
1955 560 560 0
1956 536 536 0
1957 547 547 0
1958 511 511 0
1959 516 516 0
1960 519 519 0
1961 569 569 0
1962 527 527 0
1963 514 514 0
1964 570 570 0
1965 520 520 0
1966 546 546 0
1967 483 483 0
1968 462 462 0
1969 482 482 0
1970 507 507 0
1971 494 494 0
1972 478 478 0
1973 459 454 5
1974 482 482 0
1975 479 473 6
1976 449 449 0
1977 462 462 0
1978 428 428 0
1979 451 451 0
1980 499 499 0
1981 480 480 0
1982 513 513 0
1983 445 445 0
1984 462 462 0
1985 519 519 0
1986 429 429 0
1987 419 419 0
1988 397 397 0
1989 412 412 0
1990 452 452 0
1991 450 450 0
1992 483 483 0
1993 412 412 0
1994 456 456 0
1995 400 400 0
1996 422 422 0
1997 445 445 0
1998 481 481 0
1999 468 468 0
2000 474 474 0
2001 467 467 0
2002 507 507 0
2003 564 564 0
2004 553 553 0
2005 650 650 0
2006 644 644 0
2007 713 713 0
2008 727 727 0
2009 767 767 0
2010 837 837 0
2011 897 897 0
2012 879 879 0
2013 979 979 0
2014 1,165 1,165 0
2015 1,160 1,160 0
2016 1,137 1,137 0
2017 1,072 1,072 0

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Popularity of Lena as a first name

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Popularity of Lena as a last name

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Common last names for Lena

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • White
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Jackson
  • Hall
  • Clark

Common first names for Lena

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lena U.S.
  White 69.54% 64.26%
  African American 2.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 10.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 12.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lena

People with the last name Lena are most frequently White, American Indian and Alaska Native, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Lena

  • What name lists does Lena rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lena? Lena is the 512th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lena was the 25,381st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lena have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 137,420 babies born with the first name Lena in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lena to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lena? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 603 new born babies.
  • When was Lena first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lena is Thursday, January 21st, 1830.
  • What year had the most people named Lena born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lena was in 1917 with a total of 3,004 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lena!
  • Random Lena Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lena ranks 58th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 50 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Lena: Your name in reverse order is Anel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enla. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lena? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 975 people with the last name Lena.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lena? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lena as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.