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Meaning and Name Origin

Nana \n(a)-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced NAH-nah. It is of Hawaiian origin. Name of a spring month and the name of a star. The Spanish Nana is a pet form of Ana. Nana and Nanny have come to mean "grandmother" or "person who looks after children".

For more on this name, see also related girl names Anne and Nan.


Nana has 16 related forms via Ana, Nanny: Analee, Analeigh, Analena, Anamaria, Anamarie, Anarosa, Anica, Anka, Nania, Nanna, Nanney, Nanni, Nannie, Nina, Nona and Nonie.


Nana is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2677 out of 4276, Top 63%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Nana for girls. Nana reached its highest rank of #922 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nana name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nana and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Nana ranked in the Top 1000 are Ana (#222 in 2014), Nina (#295), Anne (#553), Nona, Nonie, Nan and Nannie. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Anne, Nonie, Nona, Nannie and Nan becoming somewhat dated. Ana (#222) is the most chic girl name in this list, with this name having a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ana, Anne, Nan, Nana, Nannie, Nina, Nona, Nonie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nana is alike in pronunciation to Nani, Neena, Neina, Nena, Nenna, Nonah, Noni, Nonna and Nyna. Other recommended similar baby names are Dana, Gana, Hana, Iana, Jana, Lana, Naama, Nada, Naia, Naima, Nanda, Nann, Naoma, Nata, Nava, Rana, Sana, Tana, Vana, Yana and Zana. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nana.