What does Jana mean?
Jana /jana/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced YAH-nah, JAN-ah, JAY-nah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jana is "God is gracious".
How popular is Jana?
Jana is a very prominent first name for females (#449 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#62046 out of 150436, Top 41%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Jana for girls. Jana entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #275 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Jana and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Jana are Jan, Janae (#932 the previous year), Jane (#322), Janna, Jannie, Joana, John, Johnna and Juana. Forms like Jayna are uncommon. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.3805%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.0746%, ▼80.4%), with versions like Janae, Joana, John, Johnna and Juana becoming somewhat outmoded. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Jana▼ is pronounced similarly to Gena▼, Giana▲, Gina▼, Jaena, Janaea, Janaeh, Janai, Janais, Janay▼, Janaya, Janaye, Janea, Janee, Janey, Janie▼, Jannae, Janoah, Janowa, Jayni, Jeana▼, Jeanae, Jeanay, Jeanna▼, Jeena, Jena▼, Jenae, Jenai, Jenay, Jeni, Jenna▲, Jiana, Jianna, Jina, Jinae, Jinia, Jinna, Joanna▲, Johna, Jona, Jonae, Jonay, Joni▼, Jonna, Junae, Junia and Juno. Other recommended similar baby names are Dana▼, Gana, Hana▼, Iana, Jada▲, Jaima, Jaine, Jama, Jami▼, Jamia, Jann, Janne, Jaya, Jayne▼, Jean▼, Jeane▼, Jen, Jenn, Joan▼, Joane, Joann▼, Johana▼, Jone, June▲, Lana▲, Nana, Rana, Sana, Tana▼, Vana, Yana and Zana. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jana.