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".
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)
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)
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.