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 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)
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)
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.