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Quick Facts on Ayana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 960
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Ayana

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ayana

Although we’ve found a lot of resources claiming to know the etymology of Ayana, we are unable to find any supporting evidence to back up these claims. One thing we can say for certain, however, is that Ayana is a multi-cultural name shared among many Asian ethnicities, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and African-Americans. From an African-American perspective Ayana is thought to come from the Eastern African Somali language meaning “beautiful flower” or “eternal blossom”. In Sanskrit “ayana” is said to mean “goal, direction” or more specifically “a good path” in terms of one’s life journey. The Biblical meaning is possibly “in motion, arrival” (relating to Noah), while others claim it means “divine spirit” in Hebrew. In any case, we were unable to confirm any of these possible etymologies with any degree of confidence. One thing we can confirm, however, is that the name has a positive meaning whatever it may be.

Popularity of the Name Ayana

Ayana is a name choice favored mainly by African-Americans in the United States. The name appeared briefly on the female naming charts in the late 1970s and then disappeared after a few short years. Ayana reemerged in the early 1990s and this time she managed to stick with a little more permanency. Although Ayana is not a very common name, her growth is likely impeded by her competition: Aiyana, Aiyanna and Ayanna. Ayana is a beautiful sounding name with cross-cultural appeal. We only wish we knew for sure what it actually means!
Popularity of the Girl Name Ayana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ayana

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ayana

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ayana

    Ayana We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ayana.

  • Popular Songs on Ayana

    Popular Songs on Ayana

    Ayana - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Ayana.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ayana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ayana

    Ayana the Tall (Evelyn McBride) - Tails from the Serengeti, Book 1. This is an adorable story about a giraffe named Ayana who is taller than all the other giraffes in her herd. This is book one in the "Tails from the Serengeti" series. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ayana's Story of Dada and the Peacock (Fidell James) - Little One has just finished her bath and now it's time to tackle her soft, curly, tangled locks...every little girls dream, right? For Little One it is torture unimaginable as she kicks and screams while her mother dresses her hair. If only her hair was as smooth and straight as her big sister Ayana's. When mother leaves the room, Ayana attempts to console Little One with a story of a beautiful African girl who is also struggling with her own self-image. Little One is taken hundreds of years back to the ancient West African coast of Nigeria and meets a cast of friends who will teach her more than just to love her curly hair, but to also accept her for just who she is. As bed-time draws near, it is Amari who has yet one more lesson to teach Little One...Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Ayana

    Famous People Named Ayana

    Famous People Named Ayana - Ayana Walker (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ayana

    Children of Famous People Named Ayana

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Ayana - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ayana.

  • Historic Figures

    Ayana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ayana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ayana.

Personality of the Girl Name Ayana

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ayana

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