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What does Dana mean?

Dana Pronunciation of Dana [dana] as a boys' name (also used more generally as girls' name Dana) is pronounced DAY-nah. The meaning of Dana is "from Denmark". Also possibly a place name referring to an English river. Also variant of Daniel or Dane. Surname first used as a boy's name in the 19th century. In 1840 Boston writer Richard Henry Dana, Jr published the maritime classic "Two Years Before the Mast", about his voyage in a sailing ship around Cape Horn to California. Artist Charles Dana Gibson; actor Dana Carvey.

Associated with: river, surname, 19th century, classic (medieval).


Dana has 2 variants: Dane and Danie.

21 more related forms via Dane, Daniel: Dain, Daine, Dan, Danal, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie, Danny, Danon, Danya, Danyal, Danyel, Dayne and Dayner.

Creative forms:
(male) Darna, Dunna, ..

(female) Dala, Data, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dana Anders (D.A.), ..

How popular is Dana?

Dana is a very prominent first name for men (#314 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#5939 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Dana reached its highest position of #183 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Daniel (#12 last year), Danny (#426), Dane (#626), Danilo (#1029), Dan (#1723), Dayne, Dannie, Danial and Dain are the prominent variation forms of Dana appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Dana were at the apex of their popularity 4 decades ago (usage of 2.07%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.78%, 62.3%), with versions such as Dana going out of style. Danilo is the most fashionable birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dana, Dain, Dan, Dane, Danial in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Daniel, Danilo, Dannie, Danny, Dayne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Daniel, Danny outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dana is alike in pronunciation to Danno, Denny, Dino, Donau and Donny. Other suggested similar names are Abna, Barna, Da-, Dabny, Dace, Dack, Dacy, Dade, Daeg, Dael, Dag, Dagan, Dagny, Dago, Dahy, Dai, Dal, Dalan, Dale, Daly, Daman, Damar, Danar, Danby, Dandy, Dann, Dantae, Dantay, Dante, Dar, Daran, Dard, Dart, Davar, Dave, Davi, Davy, Daw, Dawe, Dax, Day, Daye, Dean, Deane, Den, Dene, Dima, Doan, Doane, Don, Donal, Donn, Duane, Dunc, Dunn, Dwane, Janna, Jona, Kana and Stana. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dana.