Dana Name Meaning & Origin
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.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Adan, Dana and Nada are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.
It's very feminist, often mistaken for Danielle, and should be chosen only as a middle name.
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
Maybe this name was originally a boy's name, but it's been taken over by the girls, so don't name your son this unless you want him to hate you!
- Personal experiences with the name Dana
My cousin is named Dana, he changed it on the day he legally could. A point of harsh bullying in schools.
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
Dane, Danny, Digger, D Money
- Meanings and history of the name Dana
- Famous real-life people named Dana
Dana Andrews, actor, 1909-1992
Dana Carvey, actor/comedian
Dana Ashbrook, actor (best known for playing Bobby Briggs on Twin Peaks)
Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr. (b. 2018), son of American singer, songwriter, and actress Jordin Sparks
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