Dana: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Dana

Dana

Pronunciation: DAY-nə ; DAN-na (key)

Origin of the name Dana:

Transferred use of the surname, which is of uncertain origin. It might have arisen as a feminine form of Dan, a Hebrew name meaning "judge." The name was popularized by Richard Dana (1815 - 82), author of Two Years Before the Mast.

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Comments and insights on the name Dana: | Edit

Don't name your son Dana or give him any other gender-ambiguous name; it's a big mistake.
The usual English pronunciation (DAY-na) is from the Irish name, but there are also Eastern European names with the same spelling that are forms of Bogdana and Daniel, pronounced Dan-na

Personal experiences with the name Dana: | Edit

I love being the wife of a dana. He doesnt like it as much. He gets asked -at the pharmacy- "is dana pregnant?". -at the bank depositing a check- "is dana in the car with you?" the list goes on and on.

Nicknames for Dana: | Edit

Dane, Digger, D Money

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Famous real-life people named Dana: | Edit

Dana Andrews, actor, 1909-1992
Dana Carvey, actor/comedian

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