Name Leni Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Leni


Leni is a ♀ girl’s name.

What is the origin of the name Leni?

Leni is a short form of Magdalena and Helene.

What does the name Leni mean?

Leni means “of Magdala” (from Magdalena) and “torch”, “beautiful”, “light”, “bright” and “shining” (from Helene).

Interesting facts about the name Leni

Leni is originally a short form of the names Magdalena and Helene, but can be given as a name on its own. With its derivation from the ancient Greek Helena meaning “the radiant one”, Leni could be translated as meaning “little sunshine”. With this name, you are definitely giving a sweet message to your little Leni. In 2005, the popularity of the name Leni rose sharply, which is related to the birth of the first daughter of top model Heidi Klum in the previous year.

Middle names

As middle names for Leni you can choose Leni Amelia, Leni Margaret, Leni Francis, Leni Sabrina or Leni Cassandra.

Famous women named Leni

  • The already mentioned Leni Klum (born 2004) is certainly one of the most famous Lenis in the world at the moment. She is the daughter of Heidi Klum and Flavio Briatore, who parted ways while still pregnant. Heidi shortly after got together with singer Seal Samuel, who adopted little Leni. With Seal, Heidi has three other children, two sons and a daughter, who are thus Leni’s half-siblings. At sixteen, Leni made her official public debut, accompanying mom Heidi on the red carpets. She also launched her social media presence and modeling career. Leni walked for the first time at the digital Berlin Fashion Week in 2021 and was featured on the cover of German Vogue and Hunger Magazine.
  • A German filmmaker with a dubious history is Leni Riefenstahl, whose civil name was Helene Bertha Amalie and who lived from 1902 to 2003. After a career as a dancer was ruled out for Leni due to a knee injury, she starred as an actress in “Heimat films” (nostalgic films) during the Weimar Republic. A little later, she shifted to making films herself and became an important figure in the National Socialist Party’s film propaganda with projects such as “Olympia” (1938), a documentary about the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Even in the early days of the National Socialist regime, Leni became acquainted with the great men of the party. Adolf Hitler himself was a great supporter of Leni’s work throughout her life and repeatedly commissioned her to make propaganda films for the Nazi Party, for which she was given a lot of budget and resources. For example, in 1934 she made the film “Triumph of the Will,” which became one of the most important cinematic propaganda elements of the Nazi regime. Hitler and Leni were very privately acquainted, which is why there were always rumors about a love affair between the two people. After the end of the Nazi dictatorship, Leni was only classified as a “collaborator” despite her strong involvement in the propaganda production. She was artistically inactive for many decades and later continued her career as an underwater photographer and documentary filmmaker. Many German celebrities got invited to celebrate her 100th birthday. Throughout her life, Leni insisted that she had been blinded by Hitler and Nazi ideology for too long to recognize its cruel and dictatorial character. A critical or even criminal examination of Leni Riefenstahl’s person did not take place at all or sparsely during her lifetime and afterwards.
  • Leni Robredo (born 1964) is a political from the Philippines. She served as 14th vice president of the Philippines from 2016 to 2022 and is also a lawyer. In 2022, she ran for office as president of the Philippines but lost to candidate Bongbong Marcos. After this loss and her term ending, Leni established a non-governmental organization with the name “Angat Buhay” that aims to fight poverty and the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Pronunciation of Leni

Variants of the name Leni

Lenie Léni

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Popularity of the name Leni

The name Leni is ranked #58 overall. It is very popular with parents-to-be and is often chosen as a baby name.

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