Lana vs Vanessa

Based on sound, which name do you like better: Lana or Vanessa? And why/why not?


November 4, 2018 5:54 PM

Forgot to mention Lana pronounced as "LAWN~uh"

November 5, 2018 2:06 AM

definitely Vanessa then,  with pronounciation I prefer Laura to Lana

November 7, 2018 3:42 PM

I would pronounce Lana as LAH-nuh, which to me is pretty than LAWN-uh. So I prefer Vanessa which is less ambiguous.

November 8, 2018 1:08 AM

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between LAH-nuh and LAWN-uh? To my ear, they're just different ways to indicate exactly the same thing.

November 8, 2018 11:37 AM

Ignoring the 'r's, which I'm sure you don't actually add to these words or names, do you really say "lawn" with an /o/ sound? If so, how do you say things with actual /o/ sounds, like "loan"? Or do "lawn" and "loan" (or "ball" and "bowl") sound the same for you?

November 8, 2018 4:44 PM

the spelling it would be Lana and yes I know of a number of people with that Lorna spelling.  Yes I say lawn with the O sound.  Lawn sounds like Lorn and Loan sounds Lone   Ball like bawl and Bowl like Boll

November 8, 2018 3:50 PM


LAWN-uh: something like this


November 8, 2018 4:03 PM

For me the LAH would be like saying La (think Sound of Music do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti or as in La La Land) and LAWN would be well like mowing the lawn so no 'o' sound in either of them; although I do put one in Laura where the first syllable for me is more like the word lore than law (so admittedly a very subtle difference but I think it's there, it is in my head anyway).

I honestly had no idea Lana was ever said as LAWN-uh until it came up here in a different thread recently, I've only ever heard it the La-na way.

By mk
November 9, 2018 7:29 PM

For me it's this:

but with an L instead of a D, and an a at the end.