Meaning and Name Origin
Lanette \l(a)-nette, lan(et)-te\ as a name for girls means "idol, shape; idol; linnet, a small songbird; nymph; idol". Lanette is a derivative of Eluned (Welsh). Lanette is also a derivative of Lana. Lanette is also used as a derivative of Lanetta (American), Linette (Welsh, Old French) and Lynette (Welsh).
Lanette is a very prominent first name for women (#1783 out of 4276, Top 42%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Lanette for girls. Lanette was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #898 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Lanette and affiliated names. Lana (#351 the previous year), Lynnette, Lynette and Linette are the prominent alternative forms of Lanette. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Lynnette and Lynette becoming less fashionable. Lana (#351) is the most chic name for newborns here, with this name going through a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)