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Alina is a beloved name in Slavic countries, but it's growing in popularity in the United States. Think of it as a unique alternative to other “A” names, like Ava and Amelia. Its exact origins are up for debate. However, each one provides the moniker with a positive meaning that any new parent would be happy to bestow upon their baby girl.

Meaning of the name Alina:

German: Noble
Arabic: Illustrious
Scottish: Defender of men
Slavic: Bright

Origin of the name Alina:

There are several potential origins for the baby name Alina. Some believe it's a derivative of the Germanic name Adele, which means “noble.” The name is especially popular in Germany and throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Some believe it's derived from the Arabic word for “illustrious,” while others believe it's the feminine version of the Scottish name “Alistair.” Finally, some believe it's a Slavic take on the name Helen.

Symbolism of the name Alina:

No matter which origin or meaning is correct, each one represents respect or someone who is respected.

Style of the name Alina:

Modern in the United States

Gender of the name Alina:

Alina is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Alina:

ah-LEE-na

Number of syllables in the name Alina:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Alina:

Alina evokes images of someone who is free-spirited and independent.

Alternative spellings for the name Alina:

Nicknames for the name Alina:

Popularity of the name Alina:

The baby name Alina first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States in 1975. Since then, it has risen in popularity. As of 2020, the name ranks at number 170, according to the Social Security Administration.

Related names for the name Alina:

Great middle names for Alina and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Alina:

  • Alina Cojocaru (ballet dancer)
  • Alina Devecerski (singer)
  • Alina Fernández (activist and daughter of Fidel Castro)
  • Alina Jidkova (tennis player)
  • Alina Reyes (writer)
  • Alina Cho (TV host)

Alinas in popular culture:

  • Alina Pop (character from the soap opera “Coronation Street”)
  • Alina Starkov (character from the “Shadow and Bone” book series)
  • Alina (character from the book “Pillars of the Earth”)
  • Alina Gray (character from the game “Magia Record”)
  • Alina (character from the book “The Dangerous Dandy”)