Can the name Lana be a nickname for Lorena?


October 22, 2018 1:19 AM

with that pronounciation I would spell that Lorna  Lorna could be a nn for Loraina, Lorena

I pronounced Lana - Lah na

Lana could be a nn for Leilana, Levana, Liana, Liliana, Leanna, Luanna, Luciana, Larina

October 22, 2018 9:35 AM

Careful with that non-rhotic accent there...

For most people reading this forum, Lorna is [loʊɹ nə], while Lana as in /LAWN-uh/ is [lɑ: nə] (or maybe as far back as [lɔ: nə]). They have totally different first syllables: even if you ignore the specific vowel sound, Lorna has a closed first syllable, because of the 'r' sound, while both syllables of Lana are open (ending in a vowel).

(And for many people reading this forum, /law/ and /lah/ are exactly the same.)

October 22, 2018 6:48 PM

How is the Lah pronounced? Is the 'a' said like the 'a' in cat? 

Lana like hannah?


October 22, 2018 7:10 PM

Lana is ambiguous. Sometimes it's the a in cat, but sometimes it's more like the a in father or the o in lot or the aw in lawn.

(Note that for some speakers those last three are three different sounds, but for a lot of Americans they're all the same. I don't know whether anyone makes a big distinction between the three in Lana, but there's usually a clear distinction between Lana with any of those and Lana with the a in cat.)

October 22, 2018 8:00 PM

So is the LAWN~uh pronounciation incorrect or improper for American english?

October 22, 2018 8:25 PM

No, it's incredibly common in the US. I'm not American and I'd say Lana like Hannah, but if you pay attention to things like characters on American tv shows, they're almost always called LAWN-uh.

October 22, 2018 8:40 AM

I don't think it's impossible, but I think it could be hard to enforce unless you are very consistent about it, and use it frequently in the presence of other people.

October 22, 2018 11:00 AM

The nicknames are close enough; for the reasons HNG stated I have trouble saying these as differently as you might prefer.  If that will bother you, you may need to pick a more distinct name.

November 8, 2018 7:02 PM

If Curly can be the nickname for a bald guy named Joe, then I think Lana as a nickname for Lorena is more than doable. In fact, it seems logical. Go for it! (Or Lucy, Sophie, or any of the other names you love.)

November 10, 2018 2:31 PM

What about Lena as a nickname for Lorena/etc.?   (pronounced LEE-na)