Leni Meaning and Origin

Leni is a girl’s name of German origin, a diminutive form of the German names Helene or Magdalena. In German, diminutives are often created by adding “-i” or “-ie” to the end of a name. As a diminutive of Helene or Magdalena, Leni can carry the meanings associated with those names. Helene is derived from the Greek name Helenē, meaning “torch” or “bright.” Magdalena is derived from the Hebrew name Magdalene, meaning “of Magdala,” a village in ancient Israel. In Hawaiian, Leni is a variation of the name Leilani, which means “heavenly flowers” or “royal child.”

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