Lana (given name)

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Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice.jpg
Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Pronunciation Lah-na, Lay-nah, law-na, lar-na
Gender Female
Word/name Gaelic, Hebrew, German
Meaning little Rock, fair one, to be gentle, soft, light, awakening, woolly

Lana is a female given name and surname. Though its origin is disputed, it can be found in many languages, mostly English speaking countries and Russia,[1] but also Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Belarus.[2] It is also an abbreviated form of the name Svetlana used in Russian, Czech and Bulgarian and Alana in English.[3]

The name Lana is also a very common Kurdish name for girls meaning Nest or Home.

In an independent name survey Lana appears in 2007`s top-1000 name list at rank 402. The last time Lana appeared among the most common names was in 1940 (Based on 128 years of name history.)

This name could come from the Gaelic ailin, meaning little rock.the Irish Gaelic use of this name probably derives from the Gaelic phrase a leanbh, which was used to call a child. Lana is considered a derivative of the Greek name Helen, meaning "shining light" as it has the same translation. In German its meaning is Precious & the name derives from an Ancient Germanic name Adal.

In Hawaiian, Lana means "afloat; calm as still waters". In Mexico it is a slang word for money. The name also resembles the romantic term for wool: "laine". In Kurdish it is a female name which means "nest" or "the house of Lion".


Variations of the name include:

  • Lana
  • Laana
  • Lanna
  • Lannah
  • Lanah
  • Lanar
  • Larna
  • Launa
  • Laina
  • Lainah
  • Lanae
  • Laneah
  • Lanya

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  • Lana Obad, winner of Miss Croatia 2010
  • Lana, chimpanzee used in language research


Northern Thailand
  • Lānaʻi the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, also known as the Pineapple Island
United Kingdom



  • 'Lana' Angel wing Begonia[4]
  • Begonia 'Encanto Lana'[5]