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I'm a Jennifer who goes by Jenna. I really disliked the name Jennifer when I was younger, because it was so common, and hated when people called me Jenny. A friend of mine nicknamed me Jenna when I was 12 years old and it stuck. I've been Jenna ever since. I plan on getting it legally changed soon! It's a very pretty name in my opinion, but of course I may be a bit biased.
jennasutton  12/21/2018
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In 2018, 25 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Jenna who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 398th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2018
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Okay name.
kayisforkeen  10/15/2018
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Jenna is an updated, more modern version of Jennifer.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2018
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This name seems unfinished. Like a nickname for Jennifer or perhaps it needs to be hyphenated like Jenna-May or Jenna-Lynn. I don't know. It just needs something in my estimation.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2018
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Jenna is also the name of George Bush's wife's mother, Jenna Wade, which is why they named their twin daughter's, Jenna and Barbara. Barbara after George's mother.
Schorlong  6/13/2018
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I have been a Jenna for more then 39 years. I am not trying to be conceited, but the name is awesome and I just like most Jenna's, inside and out. My mother got it from a movie in the 70's called Sand Castle. I have never watched it but that is how I became who I am. My name is Jenna Lynn which I feel goes well together. I love it and wouldn't change it for the world.
Jlwisme  2/24/2018
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In my humble opinion, the name "Jenna" is a rather striking one out of the bunch. To my knowledge, all the Jenna's that I am aware of are absolutely beautiful. But you see- here's my problem. The universe blessed me with a growing healthy fetus, 3 pounds must I add, and I have this burning desire to name her Jenna. I feel as though this could guarantee the definite grace and beauty of my unborn child. But despite my urge, I am petrified as well as deadly worried that I will get jinxed and as some would say cursed dare I say "played" by the world. I am terrified that once I decide to name my child "Jenna" it will turn out ugly and ruin the names legacy. What would one do if they were blessed with such a gift yet damned by such luck...
orangejuice  1/16/2018
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Jenna Joseph (maiden name: Black) is the wife of the singer of the American Schizophrenic Pop duo Twenty One Pilots.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2017
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Jenna Talackova is a Canadian model and television personality, who gained media attention in 2012 when she successfully waged a legal battle to be allowed to compete in the Miss Universe Canada after being initially disqualified for being transgender.
cutenose  8/1/2017
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Jenna Marie Ortega is an American actress. She is known for her roles in Jane the Virgin on The CW and Stuck in the Middle on Disney Channel. She is also the voice of Princess Isabel in the Disney Channel animated television series Elena of Avalor.
cutenose  5/18/2017
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Jenna Jameson is an American entrepreneur, webcam model and former pornographic film actress, who has been called the world's most famous adult entertainment performer and "The Queen of Porn". She started acting in erotic videos in 1993 after having worked as a stripper and glamor model. By 1996, she had won the "top newcomer" award from each of the three major adult-movie organizations. She has since won more than 35 adult-video awards, and has been inducted into the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) and Adult Video News (AVN) Halls of Fame. Jameson founded the adult-entertainment company ClubJenna in 2000 with Jay Grdina, whom she later married and divorced. Initially a single website, this business expanded into managing similar websites of other stars and began producing sexually explicit videos in 2001. The first such movie, Briana Loves Jenna (with Briana Banks), was named at the 2003 AVN Awards as the best-selling and best-renting pornographic title for 2002. By 2005, ClubJenna had revenues of US$30 million with profits estimated at half that. Advertisements for her site and films, often bearing her picture, have towered on a 48-foot-tall billboard in New York City's Times Square. Jameson has also crossed over into mainstream pop culture, starting with a minor role in Howard Stern's 1997 film Private Parts. Her mainstream appearances continued with several guest-hosting and guest-starring on various television programs. Playboy TV hosted her Jenna's American Sex Star reality show, in which aspiring porn stars competed for a ClubJenna contract. Her 2004 autobiography, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale, spent six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. Jameson announced her retirement from pornography at the 2008 AVN Awards, stating that she would never return to the industry. Although she no longer performs in pornographic films, she has been working as a webcam model since 2013.
cutenose  3/4/2017
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Jenna Nicole Mourey, better known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is an American YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian, and actress. As of January 2017, her channel has over 2.1 billion video views and 16.7 million subscribers, making it the 19th most subscribed channel on YouTube and the 2nd most popular channel operated by a woman.
cutenose  1/25/2017
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This name sounds childish to me. If I had the name Jenna I would probably like to be called Jen.
cutenose  12/9/2015
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Jenna is such a pretty, refreshing name! It seems so underused to me! I found out about this name from knowing about actress Jenna Coleman. :)
― Anonymous User  7/19/2015
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Jenna means Paradise, Heaven, White Shadow, White Wave, Small Bird, Little Bird, Fair Spirit, Fair Phantom, Woman of White Magic, White, Smooth, God is Gracious, Fair White Spirit, Well Born, Pure, Soft, To Be Strong, and Fair Lady.
dolphingirl77  7/14/2015
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Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter's wife.
dolphingirl77  7/14/2015
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My Mom and Dad didn't know what to name me until they saw me in the hospital. The doctor asked what my name was. Then they looked at each other and said "Jenna". I really like the name because it's so beautiful and unique. It is very delicate, and it's a wonderful name for a girl.
dolphingirl77  7/14/2015
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This is the name my mother gave me... She was a very shallow person, and I never really looked up to her. She left me, my father and my brother at age 3. (I am now 18, I am of Irish genes, and I have blonde hair and hazel eyes.) I never knew this name had an arabic meaning. Until my boyfriend told me. (He's arabic, yes.) I think this is beautiful because the meaning of my name, is basically paradise. The meaning of his, (Bharat) Means to be maintained. Our names make a beautiful statement that I will never forget. Paradise Being Maintained.
Inertia  5/10/2014
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A nickname that became popular.
AppleM32  1/13/2014
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Jenna is simply one of the most beautiful, feminine names. This is my top pick for a daughter; Jenna Mary. I've only ever met 2 Jennas and I just love it. It's so much prettier than Jennifer or Jenny. It's also unlikely that you'd get a nickname (other than Jen, which I'm not a fan of)... Jenna is a wonderful name.
DestinedAuthor  7/24/2013
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This is the name of one of the main characters in the Septimus Heap novels. She's a princess.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2013
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I like it better as a nickname.
Skylar_Arianna  5/22/2013
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My name is Jenna and I do really love my name. The only thing I don't like is that some people think I am saying Gemma when I tell them my name. But other than that, I have no complaints as it is a pretty name.
MissJenna  5/19/2013
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I am not crazy about the name Jennifer, but I love the name Jenna. Its really pretty. I mostly hear Jennifer's going by Jenn or Jenny. I have only come across a few who go by Jenna or are named Jenna.
blueeyesparkle  5/14/2013
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Jenna is such a nice name. The name and the meaning of it is beautiful. However, I wouldn't name a child this because a famous girl called Jenna Rose ruined it. She is setting up a bad example for kids.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2013
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Jenna Rose, the singer of the awesomely bad song My Jeans, is a (somewhat) famous bearer.
Buneary  4/3/2013
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I like this better than Jennifer, Jen, and Jenny.
blueeyesparkle  1/15/2013
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Not that I would do this, but what about:
Jinna Gena
Jynna Jena
Jennah... and so on. Jenna is a very customizable name!
Jinnah
Ginna
Genna
Gynna.
SEC908  10/23/2012
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Jenna Fischer (born 1974 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum (born 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American actress and dancer.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
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Jenna von Oÿ (born 1977 in Stamford, Connecticut) is an American actress and singer.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
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Jenna Green (born 1974 in West Hills, California) is an American actress and singer.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
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Jenna Elfman (born 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
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Jenna Boyd (born 1993 in Bedford, Texas) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2012
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My name is Jenna and personally I love it. It is girly enough but still strong and personally I could not imagine having any other name.
Jay4991  6/3/2012
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum (from the movie Step Up and Take The Lead and Channing Tatum's wife) bears this name.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2012
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Out of Jenna I made the name Gwenna. I like Gwenna better personally.
meemeeandmama  11/22/2011
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Jenna Von Oy is best known for her role as Six LeMeure on "Blossom." She was beautiful and peppy, and she does this name justice.
MaggieHamFan  11/22/2011
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I like the name Jenna, it's pretty, yes, but it is overused. Not to mention I know a girl named Jenna who's an annoying, spoiled brat. I know it's not right to think a name's stupid because of a person who has it, but I'm sorry.
blondieboo629  7/7/2011
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This name can also be pronounced jEEn-ə as well. In this case it is derived from Jean.
VioletOutburst  5/19/2011
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This name means 'small bird' in African-Mende. It has origins in Hebrew, perhaps from Jona or Janica, both names meaning 'God is gracious'.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2011
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Also a rather popular Finnish name with over 11 thousand carriers. [noted -ed]
Louska  1/15/2011
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Jenna is the name of Allison's new baby on the SyFy television show "Eureka".
― Anonymous User  12/11/2010
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I would seriously consider using this name, but it's the name my friend goes by, her real name is Jennifer but she prefers Jen or Jenna.
Megan1125  11/28/2010
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Survivor: Borneo and All-Star's Jenna Lewis carried this name and is also known for hosting and movies such as "The Scorned".
sddorme  2/22/2010
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I enjoy the name to a degree. My cousin is named that. I wouldn't name my own child that, but in the book I am writing, this name is used for the main character, except it is spelled 'Genna', which I cannot find anywhere.
MeMyselfAndEye  1/26/2010
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I like this name, but it's very overused, and I unfortunately think of porn star Jenna Jameson.
bananarama  10/4/2009
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Jenna Morasca is a Survivor: The Amazon winner. She also appeared on other shows such as fear factor. She was a host of an online Survivor talk show with Richard Hatch. She also became a TNA Wrestler.
sddorme  8/28/2009
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This is my name. I don't dislike it, I guess, but I don't really love it either. Everyone always thinks my "real" name is Jennifer (Even one of my friends thought that for two years) and I can never find anything with my name on it. It also just strikes me as kind of modern and I don't think it really suits me. It's not overly common where I live, though, so I only have one other Jenna in my grade.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2009
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Jenna is a VERY common name. I know about seven people who are called that, and they are all brats. I hate the name Jenna, it's so ugly and common, there's nothing special about it at all. PLEASE if your name is Jennifer DON'T use Jenna as your nickname. It's the worst name I've ever heard!
― Anonymous User  7/15/2009
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My name is Jennifer as well. My name has really been bothering me lately, mainly because it is too popular. I would go by Jen or Jenny. But I'm not too fond of those names (no offense, but all the Jennifers I know use those nicknames as well). 'Im trying to go by Jenna now. Jenna is not too popular, it's still mature and I like it! (:

Pretty name, by the way! XDD
― Anonymous User  6/13/2009
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Heaven in Arabic.
Abrahem  6/4/2009
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My name is actually Jennifer, but because of the overuse of it I started using Jenna (can't stand "Jenny") while in my teens. Now, only family members call me Jennifer. Everyone else calls me Jenna. :)
― Anonymous User  3/22/2009
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I adore this name almost as much as Emma. Emma and Jenna are somewhat rhyming names. I have problems finding girl J names. Jennifer is too common, and Jenna isn't exactly fresh sounding, but I feel Jenna could be usable for a modern child.
Emma McHnery  3/8/2009
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I don't like the name Jenna. It just reminds me of Jenna Bush who is the daughter of George W. Bush, the 43rd (and worst) President of America.
rowan826  11/3/2008
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I love this name, so cute and unique.
marythenamefairy  11/2/2008
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I've met a few Jenna's but still really like the name. I like it a lot more than Gemma, but like it equally to Emma. At work there was a Jenna with me. It was a little confusing because we never knew if our boss was saying Jenna or Emma lol.
Fire1815  9/8/2008
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I really like Jenna. It has a real nice touch to it. I know a lot of them.
jj21jj  2/15/2008
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It's a very pretty name.
― Anonymous User  2/1/2008
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It's a little popular. I've also seen it spelled Genna.
xKatiex  11/23/2007
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I'm a Jenna, and I love the name. It's not common, at least not where I'm from. I've only met one person who has the same name, my English teacher's 5 year old daughter. I always get compliments on it because it's not a name you hear every day. People tend to assume it's just short for Jennifer. That's the only thing I don't like about it.
JennaWhore  11/23/2007
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A famous bearer is actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale.
RachelLouise  6/19/2007
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My name is Jenna! I like the name and I think it's super pretty but I always get asked if my name is Jennifer or Jenny. I guess that's the only real downside.
Grrlie_Girl13  4/12/2007
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My name is Jenna and I'm 15. I've always liked it. It really defines me. My mum hadn't known what to name me until I was in her arms in the hospital and the name just came to her. I don't know anyone else with the name apart from people in films and celebrates. I don't like names such as Jeanna and Brenna. It makes my name seem horrible.
tropical  2/26/2007
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Just because you knew someone with the name of Jenna who was a brat or it's "too popular" for you doesn't make it an awful name! By the way, there are not that many Jennas out there and it's a really pretty name!
― Anonymous User  12/28/2006
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Actress Jenna Fischer plays the put-upon receptionist, Pam, in the American TV version of "The Office".
elizabeth hamlet  12/27/2006
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I love this name of course, as it is my own (only I spell it with one n). I also have a friend named Jenna who is really nice and sweet. I think it's pretty and different than everything else out there.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2006
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I don't know why, but it reminds me of South Africa.
bellaboo  9/14/2006
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My name is Jenna, and my mother named it me because it was a girly name, and different to Jenny. Needless to say, I've become I rebel, and I'm not at all girly, I listen to rock music, and heavy metal, and I'm kind of gothic. There's only one other girl in the whole school called Jenna, and she's in my year, and my form, so that's a coincidence. I find that I can never find anything like jewellery with my name on it. I think it's a rare name.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2006
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My name is Jenna, but I'm always asked if my 'real name' is Jennifer.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2006
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Jenna Jameson is a famous bearer. :-)
audreyhubley  8/16/2006
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Jenna is such a beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
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I would have to say Jenna is a very normal or common name. I've had lots of problems with the girl name Jenna so I would probably never name my child that. But that's just me, so bye.
― Anonymous User  6/13/2006
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My name is Jenna, and I find that I really like it. No one in my grade has the same name as me and I think it's really pretty. I'm not trying to sound conceited or anything, but I really like my name.
ryu-kaze  6/7/2006
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I love the name Jenna. With my name being Jennifer, I had thought it would be a great name for a daughter, but maybe a bit confusing.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
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I love the name Jenna, though I would never use it because it is too close to my sister's name "Jennifer" and I also think it is much much prettier.
jazzi  1/26/2006
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Jenna is an Arabic name that means "paradise."
sarahj  1/24/2006
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I named my 16 year old daughter Jenna because when the doctor handed her to me that's what came out. I love the name, it is beautiful like her.
missyp36  1/9/2006
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Jenna is the name of one of George W. Bush's twin daughters.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006
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Actress Jenna Elfman is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2005
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This name has been tarnished for me forever by a bratty 10-year-old of the same name. I have always liked Jenny better, though. Jenna is becoming too popular, in my opinion.
eponine_pontmercy  11/15/2005
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My name is Jenna and I always get complimented on how pretty and different the name is from Jenny, Gemma, Jennifer, Emma, etc.
jenna20390  10/22/2005
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I like this better than Jenny or Jennifer.
mum2bubba  10/21/2005
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My name is Jenna, and though I have never thought it was anything special, I find that I get so many compliments on it, like "wow what a pretty name". I had someone tell me today they were going to name their daughter Jenna!
― Anonymous User  8/30/2005
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My name is Jenna, yet to me, the name Jenna is rather dull and doesn't describe me much.
orange  8/12/2005
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Isn't that the most beautiful name for a little girl? And the meaning is wonderful. I just love it. And if you see my little girl JENNA, you will believe that it is just gorgeous.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2005
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Form of Jena, meaning "little bird".
me.liss.a  6/14/2005
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Root: Guinevere
Origin: Welsh
Meaning:"fair lady"
Majestic: a shaper of great events
Personality: Never lands between a rock and a hard place
kt_graffini  1/4/2005

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