Dana Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Dana:
Transferred use of the surname which is of uncertain origin. It may have arisen as a feminine form of Dan, a Hebrew name meaning "judge." The name was popularized by Richard Dana (1815 - 1882), author of Two Years Before the Mast.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I have also seen the meaning "bright as the day" for this name.
I have read somewhere it was Danish.
In Arabic "the brightest biggest pearl." In Arabic it is mostly associated with people from The Arabic Gulf as the name in that region has a historical importance due to the fact the people from that region were fishermen and when they catch a “dana” which is very rare they can change from being fishermen to wealthy people . The name is still popular in eastern Saudi, Kwuait, Bahrain, Emirates, and Oman. In songs either old fishermen songs or new songs usually start with what is called “dandana” which means singing the name Dana and it goes like “ Ya dan dana ya dana”. The black pearl is called Moza which is a female name used in the same regions as well.
I always heard it was the female version of Dane, meaning a Danish person. Probably just depends on where you are from.
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