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Meaning and Name Origin

Shana \sh(a)-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced SHAH-nah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shana is "lily, rose". Short form of Shoshana, Shannon or an Anglicized form of Shaina. Shana has been made familiar today by journalist and biographer Shana Alexander. Singer Shania Twain.


Shana has 8 variants: Lashana, Shan, Shanah, Shanda, Shandi, Shania, Shanna and Shannah.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Seana, Sian, Shawna and Shayna.

Shana has 24 more alternative forms via Shaina, Shannon, Shoshana: Channa, Shaena, Shainah, Shaine, Shandy, Shane, Shanee, Shani, Shanie, Shannae, Shannan, Shannen, Shannin, Shannyn, Shanon, Shayna, Shayne, Sheina, Shosha, Shoshanah, Shoshanna, Shoshi, Sosanna and Sosannah.


Shana is a very prominent first name for females (#633 out of 4276, Top 15%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Shana for girls. Shana entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #250 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Shana and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Shana are Shanon, Shannon, Shawna, Shayna, Sian, Shannen, Shannan, Shanda, Shani, Shania, Shanna and Shaina. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and have become much less widespread since, with forms like Shannon, Shania, Shawna, Shayna and Shana falling out of style. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shaina, Shana, Shanda, Shani, Shania, Shanna, Shannan, Shannen, Shannon, Shanon in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shawna, Shayna in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shania, Shannon, Sian outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shana is alike in pronunciation to Chana, Chanae, Chanah, Chanha, Chani, Chania, Chanya, China, Chyna, Shanae, Shanay, Shanea, Shaney, Shannea, Shauna, Shaunah, Shaunna, Shawnae, Shawnah, Shawni, Shawnna, Shayana, Shaynah, Sheena, Shena, Shianna, Shiona, Shona, Shonah, Shonna, Shuna and Shyanna. Other suggested similar baby names are Dhana, San, Sana, Sanna, Sean, Seanna, Sena, Shaka, Shan-, Shanta, Shara, Shaun, Shaya, Shayan, Shene, Shone, Shyann, Siana, Sianna, Siena, Sina and Thana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shana.