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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) Lanala, 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 last name for both adults and children (#25865 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Lana reached its peak position of #213 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #353. (Top Baby 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. Alana (#202 from current records), Helen (#419), Lanna, Lanae and Lanette are the popular variation forms of Lana (#353 from current records). Usage of these relations of Lana was widespread during 1920-1929 (median #1633) and has become significantly diminished since (#1162, down 96%), with the form Helen falling out of fashion. Lana and Alana are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lana, Alana, Helen, Lanae, Lanette, Lanna in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Lana is pronounced similarly to Lanah, Lani, Lanie, Leana, Leanah, Leannah, Leena, Leenah, Leeona, Leiana, Lenae, Leoni, Leonia, Lewanna, Liahna, Lianna, Lina, Linah, Lonie, Lonni, Louanna, Luana, Lynae, Lynah and Lynnea. Other recommended names are Dana, Gana, Hana, Iana, Jana, Lada, Laine, Lala, Lane, Lara, Lata, Layne, Lean, 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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