She’s a lovely rarity with a literary sound-alike.
Thanks to Karena for suggesting her own name as our Baby Name of the Day.
Karena is a pretty possibility, with more than one origin to consider:
- In Danish, Katherine shortens to Karen. In Swedish, she becomes Karin. The -en spelling was a smash hit in the US during the 1950s and 60s. Karena and Karenna follow logically from Karen and company.
- Cara is an Italian endearment, akin to sweetheart. It became a name in the 1800s, and caught on around the same time Karen was popular. Kara was actually the more successful spelling. Carina is a diminutive form of Cara – little sweetheart. While Carina and Karena are probably pronounced differently by most, there’s probably some crossover.
- Cara is also sometimes linked to Charles and Caroline and all of the other names in that family. In Czech, both Kara and Karen are sometimes heard as surnames derived from Karel, the Czech form of Charles.
- Then there’s Corinna, from the Greek word for maiden. Corinna was popularized in a seventeenth century poem – Corinna’s going a-Maying. Plus, Ovid used Corinna in one of his works. She has a similar sound to Karena.
Karenna Gore is all grown up now, of course. Her daughter is named Anna.
- Wren and Wrenna
- Siena, Sienna