Ena Meaning and Origin

Ena is a girl’s name of Maori origin, meaning “a female by whom evil was introduced into the world”.  Alternatively, Ena is derived from the Greek name “Eugenia,” which means “well-born” or “noble.” It is a feminine form of the Greek word “eugenios,” which combines “eu” (good) and “genos” (birth or origin). In Irish, Ena is a diminutive of the name Eithne, which means “kernel” or “grain.” Eithne is also associated with the Irish mythological figure Eithne, the mother of the famous warrior Cú Chulainn. In Greece, the name Ena or its variant Eugenia has been moderately popular over the years. In Ireland, Ena is less common than its variant Eithne but is still recognized as a traditional name. It may be used as a nickname or a shortened form of Eithne.

Names similar to Ena:

  • Lena
  • Iona
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  • Mina
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  • Alina
  • Freya
  • Selene


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