What does Dana mean?
Dana /dana/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Dana) is pronounced DAY-nah. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dana is "from Denmark". A surname also used as a variant of Daniel. Actress Dana Delany.
How popular is Dana?
Dana is a very popular first name for women (#179 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#5939 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Dana for girls. Dana reached its top rank of #59 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #789. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Dana and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Dana (#789 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Dania, Danica (#557 a year ago), Daniel, Danna (#544) and Dayna. Usage of these girl names was at its peak in 2010 (usage of 0.3075%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.185%, ▼39.8%), with the forms Dana, Dania, Daniel and Dayna becoming less fashionable. Danica (#557) and Danna (#544) are two of the more fashionable girl names in this compilation, and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for both names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Dana▼ is alike in pronunciation to Dagna, Dahna, Dahnya, Daina, Danae, Danaye, Danea, Danee, Dani, Danie, Dannah, Danni, Dannia, Danny, Dany, Dawna, Dayana▲, Deana▼, Deanna▼, Deeana, Deena▼, Dena▼, Denae, Denah, Denay, Deni, Denia, Denna, Deona, Dhana, Dhanna, Diahna, Diana▲, Dianna▼, Digna, Dina▼, Dinae, Dinah▼, Dinay, Dinya, Diona, Dona▼, Donia, Donna▼, Donya, Duana, Duayna, Duena, Duna, Dwana, Dwayna, Dyana, Dyanna, Dyna and Dynah. Other suggested similar baby names are Dada, Dafna, Dama, Damia, Damya, Danne, Dara▼, Dawn▼, Dawne, Daya, Deane, Deann▼, Dene, Dian▼, Diane▼, Diann▼, Duane, Dwan, Dyan, Dyane, Dyann, Dzana, Gana, Hana▼, Iana, Jana▼, Lana▲, Nana, Rana, Sana, Tana▼, Vana, Yana and Zana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dana.