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Meaning and name origin

Jana \j(a)-na\ as a girl's name is pronounced YAH-nah, JAN-ah, JAY-nah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jana is "God is gracious". Feminine of John; Slavic variant of Jane. Roman mythology: Jana was the wife of Janus. Tennis celebrity Jana Novotna.


Jana has 11 variant forms: Janah, Janalee, Janalyn, Janalynn, Janceena, Janica, Janna, Jannah, Jannalee, Jannie and Janny.

For more information, see also related girl names Jan and Johnna.


Jana is a very popular first name for females (#449 out of 4276, Top 10%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#83360 out of 88799, Top 94%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jana for girls. Jana reached its highest rank of #275 in the U.S. in 1960-1969 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jana name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jana outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jana and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jane (#322), John, Johnna, Jannie, Janna, Jana and Jan. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jan, Jana, Jane, Janna, Jannie, John, Johnna in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jana, Jane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jana is also pronounced similarly to Gena, Giana, Gina, Jaena, Jaina, Janae, Janaea, Janaeh, Janai, Janais, Janay, Janaya, Janaye, Janea, Janee, Janey, Jania, Janie, Jannae, Janoah, Janowa, Jany, Jayna, Jayni, Jeana, Jeanae, Jeanay, Jeanna, Jeena, Jena, Jenae, Jenai, Jenay, Jeni, Jenna, Jiana, Jianna, Jina, Jinae, Jinia, Jinna, Joana, Joanna, Johna, Jona, Jonae, Jonay, Joni, Jonna, Junae, Junia and Juno. Other suggested similar baby names are Dana, Gana, Hana, Iana, Jada, Jaima, Jaine, Jama, Jami, Jamia, Janka, Jann, Janne, Jaya, Jayne, Jean, Jeane, Jen, Jenn, Joan, Joane, Joann, Johana, Jone, Juana, June, Lana, Nana, Rana, Sana, Tana, Vana, Yana and Zana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jana.