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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".

In Arabic it is a direct Quranic name, meaning "young palm tree". Figuratively, this means "tender" and "delicate".

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 "pretty 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 means "tender" or "tenderness".

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

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  • Lina (American singer) stagename of Shelina Wade, American recording artist
  • Lina (South Korean singer), stagename of Lee Ji-yeon (born 1984) South Korean singer who is a member of The Grace
  • Lina, nickname of Savelina Fanene, who is better known as Nia Jax (born 1984), American professional wrestler and model
  • Lina Basquette, whose birthname is Lena Copeland Baskette (1907–1994), American actress
  • Lina Bo Bardi whose birthname was Achillina Bo (1914–1992), Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect
  • Lina Cavalieri, whose birthname is Natalina Cavalieri (1874–1944), Italian operatic soprano, actress, and monologist
  • Lina Espina-Moore, whose birthname was Austregelina Espina (1919–2000), Filipina writer
  • Lina Gennari, whose birthname was Carolina Gennari (1911–1997), Italian actress and operetta singer
  • Lina Hähnle, whose name is Emilie Karoline Hähnle (1851–1941), German conservationist
  • Lina Jonn, whose birth name is Carolina Johnsson, (1861–1896), Swedish professional photographer
  • Lina Joy, converted name of Azlina Jailani, Malay convert
  • Lina Mayer, whose birthname is Karolína Majerníková, Slovak singer and dancer
  • Lina Merlin, nickname of Angelina Merlin (1887–1979), Italian politician
  • Lina Morgan, stage name of María de los Ángeles López Segovia OAXS MML (20 March 1936 – 19 August 2015), Spanish film, theatre and television actress and showgirl
  • Lina Nikolakopoulou, whose name is Evangelia Nikolakopoulou (Λίνα Νικολακοπούλου) (born 1958), Greek lyricist
  • Lina Ortega, nickname of Evelina Ortega, American politician
  • Lina Pasini-Vitale, stagename of Carolina Pasini-Vitale, (1872–1959), Italian soprano
  • Lina Poletti, nickname of Cordula Poletti (1885– 971), Italian writer, poet, playwright and feminist
  • Lina Prokofiev, whose birthname is Carolina Codina (1897–1989),Spanish singer
  • Lina Radke, nickname of Karoline Radke-Batschauer (1903–1983), German track and field athlete
  • Lina Romay, whose birthname is Rosa María Almirall Martínez (1954–2012). Spanish actress
  • Lina Romay (singer), whose name is Maria Elena Romay (1919–2010), Mexican-American actress and singer
  • Lina Sandell, whose birthname is Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg (1832–1903), Swedish poet and author of gospel hymns
  • Lina Salomé, stage name of Luz de Peña Matos Estévez, Cuban-born Mexican dancer and actress
  • Lina Spies, Carellina Pieternella Spies (born 1939), Afrikaans poet and academic
  • Lina Waterfield, nickname of Caroline Lucie Waterfield (1874–1964), French-born, English journalist

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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