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What does Lana mean?

Lana Pronunciation of Lana [lana] as a girls' name is pronounced LAN-ah, LAHN-ah. Variant of Alana (Old German) "precious" or (Irish, Gaelic) "little rock", or Helen (Greek) "sun ray", or (Hawaiian) "afloat; calm as still waters". The name also resembles the romantic term for wool: "laine" or "lana". Made famous by actress Lana Turner.

Associated with: old, precious, little, rock, greek, sun (star), calm (peace), waters.


Lana has 4 variants: Lanae, Lanette, Lanna and Lanny.

30 more relations via Alana, Helen: Alaina, Alanah, Alane, Alani, Alanna, Alawna, Alena, Allana, Alona, Elaina, Elana, Elena, Ella, Galina, Halina, Helana, Ileana, Ilka, Ilona, Lanah, Lannah, Lannie, Lean, Leana, Leanora, Lena, Leni, Leora, Lina and Nora.

Creative forms:
(female) Laca, Loina, ..

(male) Lalaw, Lase, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lana Finleigh (L.F.), ..

How popular is Lana?

Lana is a very prominent first name for women (#470 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#25865 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Lana reached its apex rank of #213 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #353 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lana name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Lana (#353 a year ago) are Ella (#18 a year ago), Nora (#41), Elena (#106), Alaina (#176), Alana (#202), Lena (#272), Elaina (#291), Helen (#419), Alanna (#508), Alani (#525), Alena (#596), Lina (#857), Alanah (#1418), Elana (#1522), Leana, Leanora, Alane, Lannie, Leora, Lanae, Ileana, Allana, Ilona, Alona, Lanette and Lanna. Other variants, like Lean, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Lana was common among parents in the 1900s (average #1433) and has become much reduced since (#1159, 70%), with forms such as Helen going out of style. Helen is a perennial favorite, though Ella is currently the most fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lana, Alaina, Alana, Alanah, Alane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alani, Alanna, Alena, Allana, Alona in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elaina, Elana, Elena, Ella, Helen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ileana, Ilona, Lanae, Lanette, Lanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lannie, Leana, Leanora, Lena, Leora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lina, Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alana, Alanna, Elena, Ella, Lena outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lina, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lana is pronounced similarly to Lanai, Lani, Layney, Leanna, Leena, Leiana, Lenae, Lenna, Leoni, Lewana, Lewanna, Liahna, Lianna, Linah, Linea, Linnea, Lona, Lonie, Lonni, Louanna, Luana, Luanna, Lynah, Lynea and Lynnae. Other recommended names are Dana, Gana, Hana, Iana, Jana, Lada, Laine, Lala, Lane, Lara, Lata, Layne, Leann, Lene, Liane, Liann, Lin, Linn, Luane, Luann, Lyn, Lynn, Nana, Rana, Sana, Tana, Vana, Yana and Zana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lana.

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