Quick Facts on Alana
- Celtic, Gaelic, Hawaiian, Irish
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Darling child, beautiful offering
Etymology & Historical Origin - Alana
The name Alana is thought to have originated from one of two places. For one, Alana could be a simple, feminized version of the Celtic male name Alan which probably means ‘rock’. Secondly, Alana is thought to come from an old Gaelic term of endearment “a leanbh” (pronounced alanna) which means ‘O child.’ This Gaelic word is also often translated to ‘darling’ to underscore the warmth of the expression. Alanna and Alannah are two other spelling variations of Alana. Outside of these Celtic/Gaelic roots, Alana is also a Hawaiian name that signifies a ‘beautiful offering’ or from the Polynesian “Alana” indicating a ‘new beginning.’ In English-speaking countries, Alana is a relatively recent coinage.
Popularity of the Name Alana
In the United States, the name Alana has only been in use since 1944 but doesn’t really stick to the charts in any meaningful way until the 1960s. From then on, Alana slowly climbs the charts of most popular girls’ names and appeared to be headed for a place on the Top 100. The height of the name’s usage came in 2007 when it reached #143 on the charts. It’s lost some footing since then, but not a ton. Alana is still a Top 200 choice. However, Alana is a Top 80 choice in the state of Hawaii – not surprisingly given its lovely Polynesian meanings. Whether your baby girl is your little Irish ‘darling’ or if she’s a ‘beautiful offering’ from the ancient Hawaiian gods, Alana is a wonderful choice for a daughter's name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alana
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alana
Alana We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alana.
Popular Songs on Alana
Alana - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Alana.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Alana
Alana's 12-Step Guide to Fun Golf (Celeste Resch) - Does your child want to learn to play golf? Don't forget the most important part of the game--having FUN! Alana's 12-Step Guide to Fun Golf is a how-to book for kids who want to play golf and have fun doing it! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Alana
Famous People Named Alana - Alana (singer); Alana Stewart (actress/model); Alana Davis (singer/songwriter)
Children of Famous People Named Alana
Alana - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alana.
Alana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Alana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Alana.
Personality of the Girl Name Alana
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alana