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Very popular in Germany, pronounced Lay-nah.
-- Destry  4/15/2005
Lena is also a nickname for Caroline/Carolina, especially in German. Pronounced either Lay-nuh or Lee-nuh.
-- Pumpkin243  5/17/2005
This is the name of one of the four main characters in Ann Brashares' series of books 'The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants'.
-- reservoirdoll1987  5/26/2005
I love the name Lena! I think that it is very pretty. It is so delicate and sweet sounding.
-- Jordan992  6/21/2005
Lena can also be pronounced LEN-ah and LEE-nah. I personally like LEN-ah best.
-- Anonymous User  6/30/2005
I believe that it is supposed to be pronounced LEE-nah, not leh-nah, although I do prefer the latter. *wipes away a tear* mine is spelled the former.
-- lena92  7/15/2005
Lena is not "supposed" to be pronounced "lee-na". It is pronounced differently in different countries/languages. Lena is pronounced as "Leh-nah" in Scandinavian and other languages. Lina is pronounced as "Lee-nah".
-- Ylva  12/4/2005
Two famous actresses are Lena Olin and Lena Nyman. Lena Philipsson is the name of a Swedish pop/schlager singer.
-- Anonymous User  12/18/2005
Nobody has mentioned the cartoon character Lena the Hyena. They warn about it in a name book I have, but hopefully that reference is outdated, because it is such a nice name.
-- Anonymous User  12/24/2005
Can mean "Temptress" or "Illustrious".
-- Bastets_Child  1/26/2006
Many people pronounce it LEE-Na but it is supposed to be LEH-NA in which is the original and appropriate pronunciation. Lee-na is LINA not LENA. I like like LAY-NA though but I think LEE-NA sounds wrong and can't stand it.
-- Milene  3/16/2006
Lena Horne bears this name. I must agree that LAY-NAH or LEH-NAH sound more appropriate for this lovely name.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2006
I have to say, personally I do not like this name. Because it sounds just too plain or either too bothering. Imagine having a child and calling her 'Lena! (Lee-Nuh) or (Leh-Nuh) at a playground...not too nice. But just my opinion!
-- Anonymous User  5/7/2006
Very pretty name, in my opinion. I always thought it was spelled "Lina", however. I daresay I prefer that spelling. But all in all, this name is lovely. A character in Amy Tan's novel, THE JOY LUCK CLUB, bears this name.
-- websurfer  5/8/2006
Someone once mentioned this name is Greek but it's far from that. In my opinion, it's ok but just because someone has this name doesn't have to pretty. I'd like to name my child this but on the other side, it will expect her to be all pretty, thin and delicate. Name raffles, anyone?
-- Anonymous User  5/31/2006
I pronounce it "Lay-nah", the German way. At least, that's how I heard it pronounced on a TV show. Personally, I like it best pronounced like this!
-- Keg  6/18/2006
I have always thought Lena was a very pretty name for a girl. I would pronounce it Lee-nuh.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2006
Anybody who lives or grew up in Minnesota or the Dakotas probably knows a thousand or so "Ole and Lena" jokes.
-- elizabeth hamlet  8/31/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Lena here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
My name is Lena, and in my case it's pronounced "LEH-NUH". I believe this is the correct pronunciation. There's only one 'E', it's not Leena or Layna/Lana! But for the most part, it's a very nice name, and I'm not biased by the fact that I have this name.
-- Lena Is A Secret  9/10/2006
I've been told that the name Lena originated from Hebrew, and means "illustrious".
-- Lena Is A Secret  9/13/2006
Lena was very popular from 1880 to 1910 when its popularity began its decline. It has been in use ever since, just not rating as high on the top 1000 list.
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2006
In 'Midnight Bayou' by Nora Roberts, this is a nickname for the main guy's love interest. Her full name is Angelina. She says in the book, ''They call me Lena, 'cause I ain't no angel, cher.''
-- xKatiex  11/26/2006
I think Lena is an absolutely beautiful name. I've only heard of this name twice, Lena Horne, and Lena Kalagaris form "The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants" movie. Lena can also be short for Lenora (I made this up).
-- hahaha  12/4/2006
My middle name is Lena and I love it! I pronounce it Lee-nuh. I think Lina should be pronounced like Lie-nuh. I think the name Lena goes very good with my first name, Kathryn.
-- flipflop1215  12/9/2006
There's a British actress named Lena Headey. (some of the films she appeard in - "Gossip", "Ripley's Game", "The Brothers Grimm", "Imagine Me And You", and the upcoming "300")
-- LilyFair  3/10/2007
My great grandmother was Sicilian, and her name was Niccolina Usemelli, but everyone called her "Lena." I think it's beautiful, and I want to name one of my future daughters "Lena Nicole" in her honor.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  3/13/2007
"Lena" could be a short form of "Marlena", "Milena", "Miglena", "Elena", "Alena", "Galena".
-- iva_toneva  4/28/2007
Lena Grove is a character in William Faulkner's "Light in August".
-- natalieanne  6/16/2007
Lena Katina, of the Russian singing duo t.a.t.u.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2007
Also a girls name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/3/2007
Lena is also short form of Mahulena.
-- Maggie_Simpson  12/21/2007
I think that Lena (leh-NA) is a great nick-name for Helena.
-- SingingDove114  3/25/2008
The Lena River is located in Siberian Russia that rises in southern Siberia and flows northward before emptying into the Laptev Sea.
-- AndrewJKD  4/13/2008
Lena is a twelve-year-old character in the Nicktoons Network TV show Skyland, voiced by Phoebe McAuley and performed by Christelle Ouvrard.
-- themoongirl  6/8/2008
Lena is a very popular name in Germany and pronounced LEH-na or LAY-na (it really depends on how you read phonetic transcriptions but I actually think the people who say it's LEH-na and the ones who say LAY-na actually pronounce it the same and just don't know how to write it down best in phonetics). Lina is pronounced LEE-na. Lana is LAH-na.
-- Lily8  8/24/2008
This name is sweet and beautiful. I like this name, and it's also very special to me. If I ever have a daughter I'd really consider naming her Lena (I like it pronounced Lee-nuh).
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2008
If you want to name your child (Lee-nuh) then spell it Lina. It's either one or the other. Sheesh.
-- Anonymous User  10/26/2008
My mom sometimes calls me Lena, pronounced LAY-na, because my full first name is Marlena. I'm known to everyone as Marley, though.
-- lenaxo  1/10/2009
This is my grandmother's name, and I personally have always loved this name! It's sweet and beautiful. :)
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2009
Korean pop singer Lena Park is a famous bearer of this name.
-- ICEyun  3/24/2009
As has been pointed out the name is used in various countries and has various pronunciations. It can be LEE nuh, LEN uh, or LAY nuh. None of these are 'wrong'. Mine is pronounced LEE nuh, as in Lena Horne or Lena Olin. In a case where there are multiple acceptable pronunciations, it seems almost rude to tell someone they are pronouncing their own name 'wrong'. Much more polite to simply say, "I prefer the other pronunciation.".
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2009
In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies and books, one of the main friends (the one from Greece) is named Lena.
-- Madison  4/21/2009
Lena is a nice old-fashioned choice that can suit women of all ages.
-- bananarama  8/17/2009
It's pronounced LEN-ah in Germany, and LYEN-ah in Russia. And those are the correct pronunciations. Not LEE-nah or LAY-nah.
-- enchy  8/31/2009
In Italian Lena is short for Maddalena which is the equivalent of Maddeleine. [noted -ed]
-- Anton  3/13/2010
Also used in Croatia.
-- goricar  4/20/2010
Lena was Laura Ingall's cousin in the book "By Shores of Silver Lake" of the Little house on the Prairie series.
-- JW41926  5/4/2010
We were home visiting family, relatives, and vacationing in Hungary when one night by one of the summer camps at Lake Balaton I heard a little girl say "Lena, I'm going to tell on you to your Dad!" The children were playing tag and one of the children fell (I think it was Lena) and then I heard that. In Hungarian, of course.
Thus, the name is quite popular (and increasingly so) in Hungary, and I remembered thinking what a beautiful name this Lena is! At least pronounced the Hungarian way, with the soft accent on the "e". In Hungarian, there is no "y" sound in the name Lena, like Leyna, no, it's pronounced more delicate than that. I also like the names Iris and Elea. :)
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2010
I like this name, but only pronounced Lee-na if it fits the person. My favorite pronunciation, however, is Lay-na. It just sounds prettier to me.
-- Book_Reader22  1/26/2011
I don't think there is a correct way to pronounce it. My daughter's name is Magdalena so we pronounce it Lay-nuh. There is another little girl in town who's mom is Swiss and they pronounce it the same, but it's not short for anything, but most people seem to pronounce it Lee-nuh.
-- magdasephicus  5/9/2011
Lena is the name of a river in Russia.
-- Hushpuppy  5/21/2011
In the USA the name LENA is usually pronounced as LEE-nah. Of course the way Lena is pronounced in other countries will vary due to the uniqueness of their languages. Also, please be advised that there is also the name LANA, usually pronounced as LAY-nah.

Really in the end, no one is wrong. It all just depends on where you live and what language you speak.
-- GibsonGirl  8/24/2011
I LOVE this name, and I plan on naming my daughter this (when and if I have one.) While I have heard it pronounced "Lenna," and "Leena" I only liker the latter.

It is such a lovely name on it's own; I'm not too fond of any of the longer versions like Helena, Magdelena...
-- Justine_Adrian  11/10/2011
Lena is a common shortname for Helena in Portugal. [noted -ed]
-- PolarisOrion  2/9/2012
I know 2. Alright name I guess.
-- SEC908  10/7/2012
Lena Duchannes is the heroine of the "Caster Chronicles."
-- Martha Gold  7/27/2013
I'm kinda surprised no one has mentioned the My Antonia character Lena Lingard.
-- vixenbria  4/13/2014
I'm not keen on names with phonological ambiguity, which is what this name is in English speaking countries.
-- Tiger Lilly  5/30/2014
I noticed a lot of comments about pronunciation. I don't think there is an incorrect pronunciation of this name, just differences in language nuances. This is a family name, I named my daughter Lena, and it has been pronounced Lee-nah by each generation, even back as far the immigrating generation (that's as far as I am able to know with any accuracy). I noticed people saying that this pronunciation is only spelled Lina, but that is not correct.
-- Anonymous User  9/17/2014

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