Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ena

Ena is a name with two possible etymologies. For one, it’s considered an Anglicization of an Irish Gaelic female name, Eithne (pronounced “en-ya”) meaning “kernel, seed” (i.e., of a nut). At least nine Irish saints bore than name Eithne, most notably the mother of St. Columba (St. Columba was a 6th century Irish monk who is credited with converting most of Scotland and Northern England to Christianity). According to Irish legend, before the birth of her son, St. Eithne saw a vision of a beautifully colored clock covered with flowers. As she reached out to grasp it, the clock floated away and spread across land and sea. Her vision foretold the future of her son who would travel overseas (i.e., spreading Christianity to the Scottish-Picts and pagan Saxons) where he would achieve great honor and distinction. 
 
Alternately, Ena is considered a Slavic pet form of Irena, ultimately derived from the Greek “Eirēnē” (Ειρηνη) which means “peace”. Eirene (Irene) was the Greek goddess who personified peace and was particularly revered among the ancient Athenians. They began to build alters and temples to Eirene after winning naval battles against Sparta, in appreciation for the peace that followed war. Irene/Irena were names popularized in Medieval Europe in homage to a couple of saints who bore this name (naming children after saints became the de facto practice in the Middle Ages, and the Church provided a calendar of saints from which parents could choose). This practice was especially common in Eastern Europe - for instance, Irena was borne by an 8th century Empress of the Byzantine Empire. After having her son’s eyes gouged out so that he’d be unfit to rule, she became the first woman ever to rule over Byzantine (during her rule, she restored a lot of the Christian idolatry). Irena thus became especially popular as a name among Eastern Christians.

All About the Baby Name – Ena

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ENA

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ENA

As a stand-alone given name, Ena is currently über-popular in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia – for them this name is most likely connected to Irena (rather than the Irish etymology). In America, only 46 baby girls were given the name Ena in 2013. We’re guessing this one is more popular as a pet name than an independently given one. However, if you look at the popularity graph below, you’ll see that Ena enjoyed some brief popularity at the beginning of the 20th century (she got as high as #352 on the charts in 1906).  That happened to be the year that Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena (granddaughter of England’s Queen Victoria) became Queen of Spain as the wife of King Alfonso XIII. And, incidentally, she went by her fourth name, “Ena.”

Quick Facts

ON ENA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Irish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

EN-ya, E-nә

SIMPLE MEANING:

Kernel or peace

Characteristics

OF ENA

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ena

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ENA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Ena

Popular Songs

ON ENA

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Famous People

NAMED ENA

Ena Lastra (writer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ENA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ENA

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