Meaning and Name Origin
Lana \l(a)-na\ 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.
Lana▲ has 25 more related variations via Alana, Helen: Alaina▲, Alanah, Alane, Alani▲, Alanna▲, Alawna, Allana, Alona, Elaina▲, Elana, Elena▲, Ella▲, Galina, Halina, Helana, Ileana, Ilona, Lanah, Lannah, Lannie, Leanora, Lena▲, Leora▼, Lina▼ and Nora▲.
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 (#31662 out of 88799, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Lana for girls. Lana entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #207 in the U.S. then, and is at #351 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Lana and affiliated names. Prominent related forms of Lana (#351 a year ago) are Ella (#17 a year ago), Nora (#49), Elena (#121), Alaina (#190), Alana (#198), Lena (#279), Elaina (#281), Helen (#404), Alanna (#526), Alani (#612), Lina (#767), Leora, Ileana and Lanette. Usage of these girl names is at its highest today, except for the forms Helen, Leora and Lina which have become less in vogue. The most trendy baby names among these are Elaina (#281), Nora (#49), Alani (#612), Lena (#279) and Lana (#351), with Lana, Lena and Nora having a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Lana▲ is pronounced similarly to Laina, Lanai, Laney▲, Lani, Lanie, Leana, Leanah, Leanna▼, Leena, Leiana, Leina, Lenae, Lenah, Lenai, Lenna▼, Lenya, Leona▼, Lewana, Leyna, Liahna, Liana▲, Lianna, Linah, Linea, Linna, Lona▼, Loni, Lonna, Luana, Luanna, Luna▲, Luwana, Lyna, Lynae, Lynah, Lynea and Lynna. Other recommended similar baby 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.