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What does Shana mean?

Shana Pronunciation of Shana [shana] 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.

Affiliated girl names: Seana, Sian, Shawna and Shayna.

20 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 and Sosanna.

Creative forms:
(female) Shalna, Shasa, ..

(male) Shasa, Shava, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shana Giovanna (S.G.), ..

How popular is Shana?

Shana is a very prominent first name for females (#633 out of 4276, Top 15%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#131366 out of 150436, Top 87%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shana entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak position of #256 in the U.S. in the 1980s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Shana rated in the Top 2000 are Shannon (#1059 last year), Shania (#1648), Shayna (#1727), Shoshana (#1842), Sian, Shanon, Shawna, Shannen, Shayne, Shanna, Shandi, Shanda, Shane, Shanee, Shaina, Shani and Shannan. These relations of Shana were favored as baby names 5 decades ago (usage of 1.33%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.02%, 98.2%), with forms like Shania going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shana, Shaina, Shanda, Shandi, Shane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shanee, Shani, Shania, Shanna, Shannan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shannen, Shannon, Shanon, Shawna, Shayna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shayne, Shoshana in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Shana is alike in pronunciation to Chana, Chanah, Channah, Chanya, Chanyah, Chenay, China, Shanay, Shanea, Shaney, Shannea, Shauna, Shaunah, Shaunee, Shaunna, Shawnah, Shawnee, Shawni, Shawnie, Shayana, Shaynah, Sheenah, Shonagh, Shonah and Shuna. Other suggested similar names are Amana, Brana, Dhana, Duana, Dzana, Juana, Qiana, Rhona, Ryana, San, Sana, Sanna, Santa, Sasa, Savana, Sean, Seanna, Sena, Shadae, Shadia, Shadya, Shaka, Shalia, Shan-, Shandra, Shanika, Shanta, Shara, Sharana, Sharena, Sharla, Shary, Shaun, Shaya, Shayan, Shaye, Shea, Shela, Shene, Shone, Shula, Shyann, Siana, Sianna, Siara, Siena, Sina, Stasa, Thana and Viana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shana.

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