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Means "little bird" in Arabic.
me.liss.a  6/14/2005
In English 'Jenna' means little bird. In Arabic 'Jena' means paradise. The name can also be translated as 'Jannah' since there is no direct translation between the letters in Arabic to English.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2005
Donnie Darko actress Jena Malone is a famous bearer.
hana  1/27/2006
The origin of the name Jena is Arabic and means small bird. The origin of the name Jenna is English and means Paradise.
Luvtaread  3/13/2006
My name is Jena. I think it is a pretty and unique version of the name "Jenna". Not many people have the name (spelled like this, at least) and that's what I love about it. Though sometimes people tend to pronounce it like the name "Gina", which can be extremely irritating seeing as there is no "g", "i", or "ee"-like sound in it.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2006
My husband is Arabic. And the name does mean paradise. Jannah Jana Jena Jenna. Doesn't matter. Like someone said there isn't a direct translation between Arabic and English letters. That is also why there are many ways to spell Mohammed i.e Muhammed, Mohamed.
lilbeth  11/15/2006
This is usually used as another form of the name Jenna.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2006
I love this name! It's so pretty! And I like this spelling better than Jenna.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2006
My daughter's name is Jena Katherine. I think it flows very nicely. My mothers name was Jean and I rearranged the letters. The only problem is a lot of people do pronounce it like Gina. Which confuses me because Jen is obvious - just add an "a" to it. Oh well!
― Anonymous User  12/31/2006
In a Transylvanian novel called Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, Jena (short for Jenica) is the name the main character goes by.
dreadfulxsorry  1/30/2007
This could also be a different spelling of the name Gena.
bibi66  6/9/2007
Jena in Arabic means Paradise. Perhaps it isn't spelled the same way but it is pronounced the same.
hoxejen  7/6/2007
My name is Jena Marie. I love my name! 'Jena' also can mean 'white, fair, smooth' in Cornish, 'little bird' in English, and 'white wave' in Welsh (from Jenny/Jennifer/Gwenhwyfar). It is a variant of Jenny, which is a diminutive of Jane and Jennifer. In Scandinavian, it means 'God is gracious'. (Note that the Scandinavian name 'Jena' is for a boy). All other meanings of the name 'Jena' are feminine. It is also the name of a city in Germany (I believe it is pronounced 'yee-ay-nah' in German). I don't know what it means in German. Is there anyone who does?
― Anonymous User  7/18/2007
My name is Jena. I pronounce it like the name Jenna. It's frustrating when people spell it with two n's or say it incorrectly. However, I still love my name. It's unique without being obnoxiously trendy. I have only met two others who spelled it like this in my entire life. Despite being a variation of Jenna, Jena has a different feel in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2008
If you really want to give this boring, bland, overused name to your daughter, do her and everyone else a favor and spell it Jenna. People will assume it's pronounced like Gina and Gena. Then you don't have to have a hissy fit and end up becoming the butt of unfair sexist jokes and perpetuating negative stereotypes about females when people WILL get it wrong.
slight night shiver  6/9/2008
In Romanian, the pronunciation is Zhen-ah.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2008
To pronounce this as "Jenna" is to break several rules of English pronunciation for no apparent reason.

I can see why people would want to pronounce this as "Gina", because that's exactly what it looks like.
keepitreal  1/21/2011
Jena is also the name of an extremely ugly city in Germany. The city's name is pronounced YAY-na or YEH-na.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2011
I wouldn't use this spelling. It would cause confusion because it can be pronounced like Jenna and also like Gina.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2011
The name Jena was given to 80 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
The actress Jena Malone.
Eretria  11/30/2013
Jena Irene Asciutto (pronounced JEE-na) was a finalist for Season 13 of American Idol.
Quamalamalam  5/30/2014
Hi, my name is Jena and sometimes it sucks not have a cool name, but it's the one thing that makes me different.
jena jade besi  11/3/2014
I think the name Jenna is very pretty.
nevaeh is cute  11/30/2014
I was named Jena in 1961, never met anyone with the same name till the late 90's and it had been spelled Jenna.
jenas  12/4/2014
My name is Jenah, born in 1985. My mom named me after Priscilla Presley's character in the tv show "Dallas". However, I do not know where she came up with the spelling. People have mispronounced my name ever since I was born with every possible version you can think of. I used to think I was the only "Jenah" that existed but I was wrong. I first realized this when there was a character on the show America's next top model with the same spelling.
JENAH  2/6/2015
My name is Jena and I was named after my grandmother Jean in 1988. So cool to see someone in this thread with the same experience as me!
But no matter what everyone in your entire life will spell your name wrong. Even if it’s written right in front of their eyes. People who are my Facebook friends often spell out Jenna even when my name is right there! I often wonder if they think I spelt my own name wrong? I’ve grown to love my name though, despite the spelling errors lol.
Jenaelizabeth  12/23/2017

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