Other Origin(s):British;Hebrew;Norwegian
Meaning:Torch, bright, ray of light; Tower, dwelling
For such a short and sweet feminine name, Lena has connections all around the world. With Greek, English, Hebrew, and Norwegian connections, among others, Lena is a diminutive of names such as Helena, Yelena, Eleanor, and Magdalena. However, it works just as well as a given name in its own right. When it comes to definitions, Lena means "torch," "bright," or "ray of light" in Greek, as well as "tower" or "dwelling" in Hebrew, and "illustrious" in Norwegian. The name remains popular in the 21st century, perhaps in part due to Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey and Girls actress Lena Dunham.
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