History Of The Name Lena

The name “Lena” is a name given to females and its origin is from Greece. The name Lena is derived from the name Alina, Elena, Magdalena, and Helena; in the United States, many people name their child as Helena rather than Elena or Lena. However, the name has evolved in different languages because of the variations of the name.

Meaning Of Lena

Lena can mean multiple things depending on the country or region. It can mean the woman of Magdala, generous and kind, sunlight, palm tree, or holder of the torch.


The popularity of Lena can depend on the country. In the England it was not in the top 100 baby girls’ names in 2016. In the United States, the name Helena and its derivative Lena has never been more popular.

Famous People Called Lena

Lena Headey plays Cersei Lannister in hit show 'Game of Thrones'
Lena Headey plays Cersei Lannister in hit show ‘Game of Thrones’


The number of famous women called Lena is quite surprising. Starting with the English actress Lena Headey, born in Hamilton, Bermuda. She has won three Emmy Award Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series ‘Game of Thrones’ and a Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Lena Ashwell is historically known as the first to organise large-scale entertainment at the front during World War I. She was a British actress and an acting manager. The Russian Lena Katina, which is a former singer who is best known for her work with duo t.A.t.u.



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