Leana Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Liana:
English short form of the French Éliane (sun). Var: Leanne, Liane, Lianna, Lianne.
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Variant form of Liana and Leanna. A Liana is also a type of long stemmed wood vine that grows in the jungle.
Not a common spelling as Liana is.
Alena, Alane, Anela, Elana, Leana and Neala are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.
- Personal experiences with the name Leana
It's the spelling of my name.
My sister is named Leana. We call her Lil' (like the Rugrats cartoon character), and Lily. It's a beautiful name and it really suits her, even the spelling. None of the other spellings fit her as well as this one. Her middle name is Maria (she is named after our Nonna) and we are Italian and Greek.
- Nicknames for Leana
Le, Lee, or can be used as an initial with the first letter of the middle name (example: Leana Jo= L.J.)
Lil, Lily, and Lee-Lee are all used in our home
- Meanings and history of the name Leana
French, Italian, and/or Spanish meaning "To Twine Around".
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Leana Benson (comedian)
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My name is LeAna. Yes, one word. Yes, with a Capital A in the middle. My parents made it up before computers and before people used (or not) capital letters based on their own whim. Most of the time now I am called LeeAnn, or "Lean' uh", or Lynn, or LeeAnna, or Leah. Never Le Ah' Nuh. The name, Leana, (no capital A in the middle because, as I mentioned, my parents made up my actual name - "LeAna") is derived from the Irish Gaelic name of Helen: (meaning light; beautiful woman). Hardly anyone has ever heard my name without telling me it is beautiful, but then it is the rare person who will say it correctly ever again. Even some relatives have gone to their graves mispronouncing my name - the wrong way every time, so they weren't being mean per se, just oblivious to my actual name. Therefore, I go by the feminine spelling of the name "Lee" (a family traditional name, but all the Lees in the family are male), and so I spell it Leigh. That also presents problems though, as people cannot jump from LeAna to Leigh. And then they mispronounce Leigh as well. So sometimes I will say it is Leigh, like the shortened version of "Raleigh" (without the "Ra" up front), but then they invariably ask me if my name is actually Raleigh (Even though I have just explained that my name is "LeAna" and Leigh is my nickname...). So you're starting to see the issues. Most of the time, I just say my name is Leigh and if they ask if it's spelled "Lee", I just say yes. I let them spell it "Lee" and go on, but I spell it "Leigh". In any case, if you are willing to name your child LeAna, know that they will forever be correcting the spelling and pronunciation of their name (or they'll just give up at some point, or they'll choose a nickname, however hopefully not Leigh), but they also will be told often that their name is beautiful. And as noted above, "Leana" means light; beautiful woman, so it can't be all that bad... Right? One more note though. I have learned not to be aggravated by people who mispronounce my name, but I am very careful to try to say other people's names correctly, especially after I've said it right once. Oddly, I think this little thing has made me a kinder, more genuine person, and I actually think I have better attention to detail and better social skills (I tend to remember unusual names), than I think I might have otherwise. Well now this is the last note - I've always loved my name, even though it's been a bit of a pain. I am so glad my parents did give me a unique and beautiful name and would not change it for the world.