Leināʻala

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

lei (to leap) + (the)(plural) + ʻala (fragrance) = "the fragrances are wafted". Name of the heroine of a 19th century romance.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /lej.naːˈʔa.la/, [lejnaːˈʔɐlə]

Proper noun[edit]

Leināʻala

  1. A female given name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular during the first half of the 20th century.

References[edit]

  • Martha Warren Beckwith, Hawaiian Mythology, Forgotten Books 1940, →ISBN, page 10
  • Hawaii State Archives: Marriage records The name does not occur in 19th century marriage records. Early examples:
    Maria Leinaala Smith, married in 1911, Honolulu
    Leinaala Kealoha (woman), married in 1923, Honolulu