The name could either be from the Cornish form of Jane or from the Finnish which is a contraction of Johanna. The name exploded in popularity in the 1980s due to its similarity to the popular Jennifer. Currently, Jenna is the 94th most popular female name in British Columbia, Canada, (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 141 (United States, 2010)
  • # 201 (the Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 328 (France, 2010)
Currently, the name is borne by former First Daughter, Jenna Bush Hager (b.1981).




Gender: Feminine
Origin: English/German/Swedish
Eng (JEN-nee); Germ/Swe (YEHN-nee)

The name started off as a medieval diminutive for Jane or Johanna, but became to be used as an independent given name by the 18th-century.

It has only been recent that the name has come to be associated with Jennifer.

As of 2009, Jenny was the 708th most popular female name in the United States. The highest she has ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1977 when she was the 108th most popular female name.

She is currently the 30th most popular female name in Norway (2009).

A notable bearer was Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind (1820-1887).

It was also borne by the wife of Karl Marx, Jenny of Westphalia (1814-1881).

An Icelandic form is Jenný.

Another Swedish form is Jennika.

Designated name-days are: August 15 (Estonia); October 6 (Sweden)




Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
Meaning: feminine form of George, meaning “farmer.”
Pronunciations (jore-JANE-uh); (Jorejee-AH-nah)

In the Anglo-phone world, the name first came into usage around the 18th-century and was a popular name among British aristocracy, the most famous bearer being Lady Georgiana Spencer Cavendish (1757-1806), Duchess of Devonshire, a popular socialite and a political muse.

The name also appears in Jane Austen literary work Pride & Prejudice.

In Romania, she currently ranks in as the 10th most popular female name (2008).

Possible nicknames include G, Gigi, Gia, Giana, Georgie and Jane.