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What does Nana mean?

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


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

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

(male) Nane, Nany, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Nana for girls. 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 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 history of Nana and corresponding names. Ana (#222 in 2014), Nina (#295), Anne (#553), 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 0.18%, down 63.8%), 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, Na-, Naama, Nada, Naia, Naida, Naima, Nanda, Nann, Naoma, Nasya, Nata, Nava, Nayad, Neda, Nera, Neva, Nolana, Nuala, Nyla, Qiana, Rana, Rena, Riana, Sana, Sanna, Taina, Tana, Vana, Vanna, Yana, Yna, Zana, Zayna and Zena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nana.