Chiena? #names


In the Litvak SIG database, the 1829 Panemune Frentzela death record for my 3rd great grandfather Abram Werebey lists his wife, my 3rd great grandmother, as Chiena. 

What can you tell me about this name? Is it meant to be pronounced with a Hebrew/Yiddish Chet sound like a Chaya, Chava,  and Chana? Or is it a tsch should like Charna? Is it related to one of those names? Is it a mistake and really should have been one of those names?

Thanks in advance for your ideas.

Susan Graber Slusky
Highland Park, NJ

Helen Kon

Chiena, חיענא, ( phonetically) is the Hebrew/Yiddish name of a contemporary of mine. She was named after a grandparent with that name & identifies with Chabad/Lubavitch. I hope that helps.
Helen Kon
New York City, NY

carol lipson

My mother’s name was Chiena. She came from Russia/Belarus. The name seems to be a Russification of Chana, or a combination of Chaya Chiena. It doesn’t seem to be a nickname; it was the passport name, the naturalization name (in Canada), the marriage certificate name, etc. For those who couldn’t say Chiena, she used the name Anne. \

There are several Chienas in the Jewish cemeteries in. Syracuse, NY.

Carol Litwin Lipson


There is a name Chayna pronounced "khayna" that does seem to commonly be paired with the name Chaya.
I would guess that the name is related to the Hebrew word חן "khayn" meaning grace or charm. I'm not sure if this is the same name as what Carol and Helen mentioned since that Chiena seems to have three syllables.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

SPIELER Lodz, Zloczew, Belchatow


I knew a Chiena in New York. In English, she spelled it Cheyenne.

Billie Stein
Givatayim, Israel


My greatgrandmother was Chiena  (Herschman). She lived in Vitebsk, then Lithuaina and afterwards in Beliki Luki, now Russia. We are descendents of the Vilna Gaon. I was told that this name is common in his family. Evidently it was the name of one of his daughters. My father said it was derived from the name Chana.
Esther (H[G]erschman) Rechtschafner
Kibbutz Ein-Zurim, ISRAEL


Thank you all so much for the validation that Chiena is really the name. 

So it is three syllables, right?

And the first syllable is KHY like the first syllable of Chaya?

or is the first syllable KHEE like maybe chiyuv and chinuch?

Susan Slusky
Highland Park, NJ


Of course Chiena or Khiena is a real name. My mother’s Hebrew/Yiddish name was Khiena. I think the Hebrew is חיינה. At least, that is the way we put it on her matzevah. She was called “Khienkah” by her family. She was named after a relative on her father’s-mother’s side, Khienka Davidofsky (1845 - unk). If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but for now it’s chiseled in granite.
Elliott Terman