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Very popular in Germany, pronounced Lay-nah.
― Anonymous User  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 They warn about it in a name book I have, but hopefully that reference is outdated, because it is such a nice name.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:
_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
This is my name which makes me fairly partial to it, however not only because I find it to be pretty. I think that a name helps to make a person, and in my case, Lena has always felt like a strong name and has made me a strong person. Being from the US it is not a very common name, which I think gives it more character. I've learned to accept the different pronunciations, but be warned if you name your daughter this she may go through a phase where she can't stand that people don't always pronounce her name right. That being said, I pronounce my name "LEE-nuh".
sclke  12/8/2014
First time I encountered Lena was playing the video game Watch Dogs. She's a very important person to the main character, and I can't quite recall how they pronounced her name, but it might've been "lee-nah". Just because of how important she was to the main character (Aidan), I really like this name.

Makes me wanna protect whoever has this name, though.
Alareshu  12/9/2014
This name is pronounced LEE-nah for English speakers and in most English speaking countries, that is how I have been addressed. However, when I lived in the American Southwest, people would often pronounce it LEH-nah due to the influence of Spanish speakers in the area. Since relocating to the North East, I am usually addressed as LEE-nah and occasionally LAY-nah-- I am fine with either of those pronunciations but every time someone calls me LEH-nuh, I cringe and look into changing my name to something easy like Meg, Jane, Kate or Kelly. Hopefully, Lena Dunham's fame will help me!

I have a friend who spells her name LINA and she also experiences pronunciation problems. She pronounces it LEE-nah but often gets called LYE-nah.
LG0713  12/20/2014
Pronounced leen-ah it's a diminutive of the English Shailena (variant of Shailene and Shaelyn).
OttilieMaisie  4/3/2015
The name is popular in Germany, especially around the Berlin area. Around 30 girls in my school had the name when I lived in Germany.
OttilieMaisie  4/3/2015
I just had my daughter 6 weeks ago and her name is Lenna pronounced LEH-nah with the e being a short vowel sound. I played around with the variations of her name and decided I liked this variation better. I also decided to add another n to her name to hopefully get people to say her name correctly.
mammabear  4/9/2015
This was my great-grandmother's name. She was from Russia originally and it was pronounced Lee-na. I also had a friend from the Ukraine with this name and she also pronounced it Lee-na.
wbbuff  4/13/2015
A trashy name only befitting stuck-up liberal feminazis like that Dunham girl.
TyrannosaurusRegina  10/1/2015
I really think that this is a gorgeous and classy name. I am 30 and live in the US, and I have never heard of Lena the hyena. Kids might call a Lena this, but not because of an obscure cartoon. For example, my name is Amanda and was called "Amanda the Panda" as a kid, because it rhymes. My son has a friend from school named Bryson, they call him "Bryson the bison" also because it rhymes. Do not let some cartoon that almost no one knows about keep you from using Lena! As I see it, Lena has no more chance of being called "the hyena" then does, say, Gina, Tina, or Deena!
― Anonymous User  11/23/2015
Lena Burgess in Brandon Mull's FableHaven series is an important character.
Rosamind  12/30/2015
Lena Meyer-Landrut (1991) is a german singer and a judge in The Voice Kids. She won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with a song called Satellite.
AmyChlad  3/1/2016
The name is also used in Iceland.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Well this is actually my name! In my case, it's pronounced LAY-NAH, although that may be due to my father being of Belgian descent. I do find it rather offensive, being told my name is pronounced incorrectly, although I'm known as Ley to everyone, just to make things less confusing!
lele_03  6/28/2016
My name is Lena (Leh-Nuh). I grew up despising my name and now near 40, I still don't care for it. It's too much work... all my life I've had to correct people over and over and I finally gave up about 10 years ago and let people pronounce it any way they want. I'll respond to any pronunciation lol! I'm done correcting people after telling them my name and 2 seconds later they are pronouncing it differently. I'm actually shocked when someone remembers how to pronounce it! It was my grandmother's name so I like for that reason... but I've always secretly wanted to be an Ann, Mary or Jennifer.
Lenalinalana  8/11/2016
Lena's pretty popular here in France, so it's not a problem here, though a lot of the little Lenas in the anglophone world were probably named after that atrocious Dunham woman - God, I can't stand her or her show!
Acajou  9/18/2016
It is also popular in Greece (Λένα) - diminutive of Elena (Έλενα) or Elene (Ελενη), Magdalene (Μαγδαληνή), Galene (Γαλήνη), Selene (Σελήνη) or any other names end with "-lene". [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  12/30/2016
Lena Johanna Gercke is a German fashion model and television host. She won the first cycle of Germany's Next Topmodel and is the host of Austria's Next Topmodel. Gercke was born in Marburg, Germany and grew up in Cloppenburg, where she attended the Liebfrauenschule Cloppenburg, a Roman Catholic gymnasium, completing her abitur in 2007. Gercke is a hobby chess player. She has a sister and two half-sisters, who are her father's daughters.
cutenose  1/17/2017
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Lena Horne. "Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an African American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne's career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater." (Wikipedia)

This is also the name of my great-aunt. We were late German immigrants and her name was pronounced Lee' nah. And we never changed our last name from the German pronunciation so I don't think it was anglicized.
VMJH  1/26/2017
I love this name too much! I think it is very beautiful but underused.
cutenose  2/9/2017
Lena Meyer-Landrut is a German singer-songwriter. She represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo and won the contest with the song "Satellite". With her three entries from the German national final Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), Meyer-Landrut set an all-time chart record in her home country by debuting with three songs in the top five of the German singles chart. Both "Satellite" and her first album My Cassette Player debuted at number one in Germany, while the former has been certified double Platinum since, the album has been certified five times Gold for sales of over 500, 000 units. Meyer-Landrut represented Germany for the second consecutive time in the Eurovision Song Contest at Düsseldorf in 2011 with the song "Taken by a Stranger".
cutenose  2/27/2017
Everyone is saying how it's pronounced 'LEN-ah' and Lina is 'LEE-nah' but seriously, pronounce it how you want. Just because you think it's 'LEN-ah' or 'LEE-nah' or 'LAY-nah' doesn't mean it is. Also, you may think it is the correct pronunciation, and it may be for you, but there are so many different origins that all have diferent pronunciations! Don't be narrow-minded!
― Anonymous User  6/26/2017
Can also be an Arabic name [LEE-na] meaning "young palm tree" literally and "soft and delicate" figuratively.
nargles  7/15/2017
My grandmother's first name. She is from the American South and pronounces it as Lee-nah, but she usually goes by her middle name. Not my favorite name ever, I always thought it was rather plain but if you like it, cool. I do like Galena or Helena though.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2017
Lena is a high quality name.
Helmi1337  11/14/2017
I have only heard it pronounced 'LEH-na', never 'LEE-na', and personally, I like the former way better.
cdawg  11/21/2017
My name is Valentina and "Lena" (Lay-nuh) is what most people call me as a nickname. The other nickname is "Vale".
ValentinaPettoruti  1/8/2018
Lena Dunham is an American actress known for creating the show Girls (where she played the titular character). She is also known for her outspoken left-wing political views.
Buneary  2/19/2018

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