Lina

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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Lina (disambiguation).

Lina is a common female given name in Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, especially among those born after 1980.[1] In 2011 it was one of the most popular female given names in Germany.[2] It was initially used as a shortened form of names such as Karolina, Nikolina, Adelina, Evelina and Paulina. Since "-lina" is a diminutive suffix, it has no meaning of its own in Swedish. The Danish and Norwegian form is "Line".

Lina is also a short form of any female name ending in "-lina", such as Angelina, Evangelina, Carolina, Melina.

Lina is the female form of Linas, a common given name among people of Lithuanian descent. It can also be construed as a rare feminine form of Linus.

In Arabic "Lina" (لينة) refers to a small, young palm tree. It means "tender" or "tenderness". In Greek it refers to the olive crown used for the hero.

The name Lina also has roots in France and China. In Chinese, "Li" () means "pretty" and "Na" () means "elegant".

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wang Lina's family name is Wang and given name is Lina. A Chinese given name is made up of one or two random Chinese characters. There is no fixed, common Chinese given name. Someone's given name being "Lina" is coincidental. Such a given name is made up of a "Li" (possibly "丽", "莉", "厉", etc.) and a "Na" (possibly "娜", "纳", "拉", etc.). There are also some Chinese people with a full name "Li Na".

References[edit]

  1. ^ frequency of given name Lina in Germany (chart) beliebte-vornamen.de Accessed: August 14, 2012
  2. ^ 1000 most popular given names in 2011 (list) with Lina ranked 7th beliebte-vornamen.de Accessed: August 14, 2012