US Popularity:1241
Other Origin(s):British, Arabic, Hebrew
Meaning:White shadow; Fair one; Small bird
While Jenna may be a short and sweet option, this lovely moniker has a variety of meaningful connections! The name is derived from the classic Jennifer, which itself comes from the anglicized version of Guinevere, giving it the definitions of "white shadow" or "fair one." Additionally, the name has roots in Arabic and Hebrew, where it means "small bird." Jenna first entered the popular baby name charts during the 1970s, possibly because of the television series Dallas first appearing on our screens, which featured the character Jenna Wade. Jenna is a timeless alternative to Jenny or Jemma and rolls off the tongue with ease.

Jenna Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Jenna is currently #809 on The Bump
Girl:Jenna is currently #363 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Jenna is currently #1241 in U.S. births
Girl:Jenna is currently #465 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
- 107
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
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