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Lina or Līna or "Leena" is a feminine given name. It is Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish feminine given name and surname given name that is a short form of a variety of names ending in -lina including Adelina, Angelina, Apollina, Avelina, Carmelina, Carolina, Emelina, Evangelina, Evelina, Guendalina, Karolina, Kjellina, Kolina, Marcelina, Marcellina, Melina, Messalina, Nikolina, Pålina, Paolina, Paulina, Rosalina, and Žaklina.[1][2] Lina is a Finnish, Italian, and Slovene feminine given name that is a feminine form of Lino, Lin, and Linus.[3] Līna is a Latvian feminine given name.[4]

Lina is a common female given name in Arab countries, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, especially among those born after 1980.[5] It has roots in old Persian, Greek, German, and Arabic.

In 2011 it was one of the most popular female given names in Germany.[6] 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".

The Greek writing is Λίνα. In Greek, it means "sunlight", and also refers to the olive crown used for a hero.[citation needed]

In Persian it means "light", "a ray of sunlight" or "beautiful girl".

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 rarefeminine form of Linus.

In the Russian language, Lina (Ли́на) is a diminutive form of the female name Avelina.[7]

In Arabic "Lina" (لينة) refers to a small, young palm tree. It is a direct Quranic name. Figuratively, Lina means "tender" or "tenderness" and "delicate".

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

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  1. ^ "Lina". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "Lina". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Lina". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Līna". Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  5. ^ frequency of given name Lina in Germany (chart) Accessed: August 14, 2012
  6. ^ 1000 most popular given names in 2011 (list) with Lina ranked 7th Accessed: August 14, 2012
  7. ^ Petrovsky, p. 33


  • Н. А. Петровский (N. A. Petrovsky). "Словарь русских личных имён" (Dictionary of Russian First Names). ООО Издательство "АСТ". Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-17-002940-3