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Lina or "Leena" is a common female given name in Arab countries, Iran, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, especially among those born after 1980.[1] It has roots in old Persian, Greek, German, and Arabic.

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".

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.

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.[3]

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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  1. ^ frequency of given name Lina in Germany (chart) Accessed: August 14, 2012
  2. ^ 1000 most popular given names in 2011 (list) with Lina ranked 7th Accessed: August 14, 2012
  3. ^ 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