Nana (given name)

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Pronunciation /ˈnɑːnə/, /ˈnana/, /naˈna/
Gender varies
Meaning varies
Region of origin Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, India, Korea, Japan

Nana is a given name that has different origins in several countries across the world. Its use as a feminine or masculine name varies culturally. It is feminine in Japan, Korea, Georgia and Greece, masculine in Ethiopia and India, and epicene in Ghana. In Georgia, Nana is the fifth most popular given name for girls. In Ghana, among the Akan people, particularly the Akyem, Ashanti and Akuapim peoples, Nana is used as the title of a monarch to signify their status. Furthermore, the stool name of kings and queens is always preceded by Nana. Non-royal Ghanaian people also use Nana as a given name. In some cases, they may adopt the name Nana, if they have been named after a monarch. In Ghana, one can respectfully refer to a King or Queen as Nana without mentioning their full name.









  • Nana Asma’u (1793–1864), a poet, teacher and a revered figure in northern Nigeria
  • Nana Chudasama, an eminent jurist, former mayor and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Nana Natsume (born 1980), a Japanese award-winning former AV idol and celebrity
  • Nana Ozaki, a Japanese gravure idol

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  • Nana April Jun, one of the personae of Christofer Lämgren, a Swedish artist
  • Nana Dawson, a character in Heroes
  • Nana McQueen, a character in Hollyoaks
  • Nana Moon, a character in the popular British BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Nana Oyl, the mother of cartoon character Olive Oyl
  • Nana, the Newfoundland dog nurse of Wendy, John and Michael in Peter Pan
  • A main and playable character in the video game series Ice Climber and Super Smash Bros.
  • A minor recurring character from Grandia 1
  • An artificial Earth satellite in Teletraan I universe
  • A character in the Transformers universe
  • Nana, the protagonist of Émile Zola's novel, Nana
  • Kim Nana, a character in the Korean drama City Hunter
  • "Nana" (Norma Speakman), a character in BBC sitcom The Royle Family
  • Hannah "Nana" Weaver, a character in the film Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Nana Khan, a character in Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns"