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Meaning and name origin

Dana \d(a)-na\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.


Dana has 2 variant forms: Dane and Danie.


Dana is a very popular first name for males (#314 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7161 out of 88799, Top 8%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dana for boys (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dana and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Daniel (#10), Dane (#625) and Dana. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Daniel, Dane, Dana in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dana is also pronounced similarly to Dani, Danno, Danny, Danya, Dino and Donau. Other suggested similar baby names are Dain, Daine, Dan, Danal, Danar, Dann, Dayne, Dean, Deane, Den, Dene, Dima, Doan, Doane, Don, Donn, Duane, Dunn, Dwane and Kana. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dana.