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Nena has an Old English origin and means "girl". Nena also means "girl" in Spanish.
iva_toneva  1/11/2006
Actually, niña means "girl" in Spanish, not nena. Nena ("NAY-nah") is a Spanish slang word used as an affectionate term of endearment, usually from boyfriend to girlfriend, equivalent to "sweetheart" or "baby" in English. You won't find it in the dictionary. The masculine form is nene ("NAY-nay"). Parents also call their daughters/sons "nena"/"nene".
SeaHorse15  9/7/2009
The feminine name "Nena" is also used in Greece. Besides, "Nena" reminds of "Yanena", which is a town in northwest Greece.
iva_toneva  5/13/2006
The feminine name "Nena" is used in Bulgaria too. Hier "Nena" is the new form of "Nenka".
iva_toneva  5/13/2006
Nena Venetsanou is a Greek singer.
elemire  8/27/2006
Uma Thurman's mother goes by Nena. I don't like it so much.
nothingshortoftragic  2/23/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/23/2007
Nena was the stage name of the German singer famous for 99 Luftballons [which was translated into English under the title 99 Red Balloons]. The nickname was a variation of the Spanish word niña, used to refer to little girls, which she obtained when she was three when she went on vacation to Spain.
Izartrix  9/3/2007
It is sometimes used as a nickname for Verena in Germany.
LoQuiero  12/12/2008
Used in Croatia. Pronounced NA-na (1st letter A like E in Merry).
― Anonymous User  4/9/2009
Pronounced NEH-nah in Croatia.
enchy  10/2/2009
Also a feminine name in Croatia. Often used as a short form of Nevenka.
goricar  1/16/2010
I love this name, it is so adorable, much prettier than Nina.
It is also the name of wonderful German singer Nena, who is one of my favorite singers.
DaphneSusan  12/24/2010
I always pronounce and hear it pronounced "NAY-n[]".
DaphneSusan  12/24/2010
According to Aztec mythology, Nena was an incarnation of the star Goddess Citlalinicue and became a first woman on Earth (along with Natu or Tenu).
Relatively frequent name in Latin America, with the attributes of grace and gracefulness.
xuannu  6/25/2012
It is German. Pronounced as NAY-nuh.

Sources: I can speak German.
SEC908  2/8/2013
I have only heard it pronounced as NEH-nah.
xgirl  9/6/2014
I love this name! It looks more balanced than Nina does in my opinion.
thezenithofnadir  2/3/2018
There’s multiple ways of saying it but in Spanish the letter E makes an A sound and that’s why the phonetic spelling is NAY-nuh. There is also other words for it in other languages because they’re different languages, it’s not confined to just one language.
― Anonymous User  2/25/2018

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