Meaning and Name Origin
Dana \d(a)-na\ 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.
Dana▼ has 24 more related forms via Dane, Daniel: Dain, Daine, Dan▼, Danal, Daneal, Danek, Danell, Dani, Danial▼, Daniele, Danil, Danilo, Danko, Dannel, Dannie▼, Danny▲, Danon, Dantrell, Danya, Danyal, Danyel, Dayne, Dayner and Deiniol.
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 (#7161 out of 88799, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Dana for boys. Dana reached its highest position of #183 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Dana and corresponding names. Daniel (#10 last year), Danny (#429), Dane (#625), Dayne, Dannie, Danial and Dan are the prominent variation forms of Dana. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1950-1959 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the versions Dannie, Danial, Dana and Dan becoming less in vogue. Danny (#429) and Dane (#625) are two of the more fashionable birth names here. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Dana▼ is alike in pronunciation to Danno, Dino▼ and Donau. Other suggested similar baby names are Danar, Dann, Dean▲, Deane, Den, Dene, Dima, Doan, Doane, Don▼, Donn▼, Duane▼, Dunn, Dwane and Kana. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dana.