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What does Nana mean?

Nana Pronunciation of Nana [nana] 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".

Affiliated girl names: Anne and Nan.

Associated with: spring, star.

Variations

Nana has 9 related forms via Ana, Nanny: Anka, Nania, Nanna, Nanney, Nanni, Nannie, Nina, Nona and Nonie.

Creative forms:
(female) Nala, Nane, ..

(male) Nane, Nany, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nana Carlie (N.C.), ..

How popular is Nana?

Nana is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2677 out of 4276, Top 63%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#67317 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Nana was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #967 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nana name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Ana (#211 in 2015), Nina (#300), Anne (#569), Nonie, Nanny, Nona, Nanna, Nan and Nannie are the popular variation forms of Nana ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Nania, are uncommon. These relations of Nana reached the apex of their popularity a century ago (usage of 0.49%) and have become much less conventional since (usage 0.19%, down 61.9%), with versions such as Nona becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nana, Ana, Anne, Nan, Nanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nannie, Nanny, 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, Neenah, Neina, Nena, Neneh, Nenna, Nonah, Noni, Nonna, Nonnah, Nyna and Pnina. Other recommended names are Adana, Alana, Anna, Ayana, Buna, Byna, Dagna, Dahna, Dana, Dhana, Dyana, Edana, Etna, Euna, Fawna, Gana, Gena, Gina, Hana, Iana, Ilana, Jana, Jeana, Kina, Lana, Lena, Lina, Mina, Muna, Naama, Nada, Nadra, Naia, Naima, Nanda, Nann, Naoma, Nari, Nata, Nava, Neala, Neda, Neka, Niada, Nika, Noa, Nuala, Raina, Rana, Rena, Ryana, Sana, Siana, Tana, Vana, Vena, Yana, Yna, Zana, Zanna, Zayna and Zena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nana.

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