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Meaning and Name Origin

Jana \j(a)-na\ 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". Feminine of John; Slavic variant of Jane. Roman mythology: Jana was the wife of Janus. Tennis celebrity Jana Novotna.


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

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

Jana has 35 more related variations via Jane: Ivana, Jaina, Jaine, Jan, Janae, Janaye, Jandy, Janean, Janee, Janel, Janela, Janet, Janeta, Janey, Jania, Janie, Janina, Janis, Janit, Janka, Jany, Jayna, Jayne, Jayni, Jean, Jenda, Jeni, Jinna, Joan, Joana, Joanna, Joni, Juana, Vania and Vanya.


Jana is a very prominent first name for females (#449 out of 4276, Top 10%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#83360 out of 88799, Top 94%). (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)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Jana and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Jana are Ivana, Jan, Janae (#932 the previous year), Jane (#322), Janel, Janet, Janie, Janis, Janna, Jannie, Jayne, Jean, Joan, Joana, Joanna (#327), John, Johnna, Joni and Juana. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and are now much less widespread, with versions like Janae, Janet, Joan, Joana and John becoming somewhat outmoded. Joanna (#327) is the most chic baby name among these, with this name enjoying a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ivana, Jan, Jana, Janae, Jane, Janel, Janet, Janie, Janis, Janna in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jannie, Jayne, Jean, Joan, Joana, Joanna, John, Johnna, Joni, Juana in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jana is pronounced similarly to Gena, Giana, Gina, Jaena, Janaea, Janaeh, Janai, Janais, Janay, Janaya, Janea, Jannae, Janoah, Janowa, Jeana, Jeanae, Jeanay, Jeanna, Jeena, Jena, Jenae, Jenai, Jenay, Jenna, Jiana, Jianna, Jina, Jinae, Jinia, Johna, Jona, Jonae, Jonay, Jonna, Junae, Junia and Juno. Other recommended similar baby names are Dana, Gana, Hana, Iana, Jada, Jaima, Jama, Jami, Jamia, Jann, Janne, Jaya, Jeane, Jen, Jenn, Joane, Joann, Johana, Jone, June, Lana, Nana, Rana, Sana, Tana, Vana, Yana and Zana. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jana.