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Meaning and name origin

Nana \n(a)-na\ as a girl's 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 information, see also related girl names Ann and Nan.


Nana is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2677 out of 4276, Top 63%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nana for girls (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nana and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ana (#222), Ann (#945), Nan and Nana. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ana, Ann, Nan, Nana in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nana is also pronounced similarly to Nani, Nania, Nanna, Nanni, Neena, Neina, Nena, Nenna, Nina, Nona, Nonah, Noni, Nonna and Nyna. Other suggested 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 commonly used than Nana.