Dana (given name)

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Gender Unisex

Dana is a given name used for both females and males. It was among the 100 most popular names given to girls born in the United States between 1960 and 1990. It has since fallen in popularity and was ranked the 446th most popular name given to girls born in the United States in 2007.[1] As a male forename it is well known in the United States, being in the 314th rank out of 1,219 in the 1990 U.S. Census.

The name has multiple derivations. It may come from "Dane" (from Denmark), the meaning of the common surname. It is also occasionally regarded as a feminine version of Daniel or a short version of feminine names such as Bogdana or Yordana. Dana is also an alternate spelling of the name for Danu, a Celtic fertility goddess. In Persian, the word Dānā literally means "knowledgeable", and some speculate that the name is first used as a first name in Shahnameh. It may also refer to the mountain Dana or Dena[citation needed].The name is used in Persian for both female and male sexes. Dana or Danah, in Arabic, means "the most perfectly sized, valuable and beautiful pearl". This name is used mainly by Arabs of the Persian Gulf (Eastern Arabia), due to their traditional pearl diving professions wherein they gave different type of pearls names. It is used in the Arab world as a female name. In Hebrew, the name Dana means "arbiter" or "God is my judge". In Sanskrit and Pali, the word means "generosity". In Romanian, it is a feminine name, derived from the name Daniela; the Romanian masculine form being Dan/Daniel.

People named Dana[edit]




  • Dana, fictional intern on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, played by Jasika Nicole
  • Dana, on the television show Angel, played by Navi Rawat
  • Dana, the title character's lover in the Italian photo comic Killing (later revived as Sadistik: The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal)
  • Dana Appleton, the lawyer opposite Jim Carrey in the 1997 film Liar Liar, portrayed by Swoosie Kurtz
  • Dana Barrett, featured in the Ghostbusters movies, played by actress Sigourney Weaver
  • Dana Carrington, minor character in the American TV series Dynasty, played by Leann Hunley
  • Dana Cruz, character on Zoey 101, played by Kristin Herrera
  • Dana Dearden, obsessed Superman fan who called herself Superwoman
  • Dana Fairbanks, main character from Showtime's lesbian drama series The L Word, played by actress Erin Daniels
  • Dana Foster, fictional character on Step By Step, portrayed by Staci Keanan
  • Dana Freeling, a female character in the film Poltergeist (1982), portrayed by Dominique Dunne
  • Dana Knightstone, fictional novelist, main character of the Dana Knightstone series of games
  • Dana Lambert, regular character on the TV show Mission: Impossible, played by Lesley Ann Warren
  • Dana Mercer, younger sister of main character Alex Mercer in the video game Prototype
  • Dana Mitchell, on the show Lightspeed Rescue Power Rangers, played by Alison MacInnis
  • Dana Scully, main character on the television show The X-Files, portrayed by Gillian Anderson
  • Dana Sterling, from the Robotech anime television series
  • Dana Stevens, a fictional trans woman featured in Chris Bohjalian's novel Trans-Sister Radio
  • Dana Tan, Batman's girlfriend on the TV series Batman Beyond
  • Dana Taylor, the former name of Zach Young on the television show Desperate Housewives, played by Cody Kasch
  • Dana Whitaker, a character in the television series Sports Night, portrayed by Felicity Huffman
  • Dana Wolf, on the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe, played by Diane Willems


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dana: Popularity for Dana in the United States". Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Dana White Net Worth". Retrieved 2015-10-02.