What does Lana mean?
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 (#25865 out of 150436, Top 17%). (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)
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 (usage of 0.547%), 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), and there is a resurgence in birth name popularity for Lana, Lena and Nora. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Lana and affiliated names. (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.