Behind the Name

I decided to do a little research because I’ve been having an existential crisis for about 5 years now. I don’t like my first name, Jenna. The fact that Kiwis and Brits pronounce their E’s strangely is just an extra tick against it. But perhaps I can find some evidence supporting this.

BehindtheName.com: JENNA, Gender: Feminine, Usage: English. Variant of JENNY. Use of the name was popularized in the 1980s by the character Jenna Wade on the television series ‘Dallas’.

Name-Meanings.com: JENNA, Gender: Female, Origin: English. Small Bird

BabyNames.com: JENNA, Origin: English. The meaning of the name Jenna is Fair Phantom. Diminutive form of Jennifer. Jenna Fischer (born Regina Marie Fischer), actress.

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Zelo.com: JENNA, Gender: Female, Origin: Arabic. Meaning: Small Bird 

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BabyCenter.com: JENNA, Gender: Girl, Origin: English. Meaning: Form of JENNIFER – fair spirit

FairThinkBabyNames.com: JENNA. It is of Arabic origin, and its meaning is “heaven”. Also fanciful alteration of Jenny with the -a ending; diminutive of Jennifer; variant of Jean (Hebrew) “God’s grace”. The name is made famous by a character on the TV series “Dallas”. Jenna is also used for blends and compound names. See also Genna. First Daughter Jenna Bush; actress Jenna Elfman. Jenna has 8 variant forms: Genna, Jena, Jennabel, Jennah, Jennalee, Jennalyn, Jennarae and Jennasee.

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Wikipedia.com: Jenna is a female given name. In the Western world it is a variation of Jennifer or Genevieve. Jennifer is of English origin and means white. Jenna is also an Arabic name meaning heaven.

Apparently I am a fair, white, small bird or phantom from heaven on the show Dallas. At least my parent’s didn’t totally lie to me when they said it meant “little bird” in Arabic. I should be grateful they didn’t name be Jennasee or Jennarae.

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