Tenna is a female given name, originally a Danish short form of Hortensia, the feminine form of Hortensius, an Ancient Roman family name which seems to be derived from Latin hortus meaning “garden” derived from a PIE root word. Tenna is also a Japanese word   *(天和), the name of a Japanese era which lasted for three years (1681-1684). Tenna is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used:

  • ten 天 “heavens; sky; imperial” + na 奈 “Nara; what?” (天奈);
  • ten 天 “heavens; sky; imperial” + na  “greens; vegetables; side dish” (天菜);
  • ten 殿 “temple; hall; palace; lord” + na  “Nara; what?” (殿奈);
  • ten 殿 “temple; hall; palace; lord” + na 菜 “greens; vegetables; side dish” (殿菜)
  • ten  “heavens; sky; imperial” + na 那 “what” (天那)

There are likely other meanings depending on the kanji used. Written in hiragana it’s    てんな. It could be possible that Tenna is an elaborated feminine form of the number Ten (which I first assumed it was).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Japanese




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