Quick Facts on Dana
- Celtic, Irish, Nordic
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DAY-na or DAH-na
Brave, generous, wise
Etymology & Historical Origin - Dana
An etymological study of the name Dana is rather multifaceted. Some consider it the feminized version of the name Dane, indicating people who are from Denmark. It may also be related to the name Daniel, a Hebrew name meaning “God is my judge” (as a feminized pet form). Further, the name “dana” in Arabic means ‘pearl’ and the name Dana (or Danah) is used for girls in the Arab world. It is mainly our belief, however, that the name Dana is derived from Celtic mythology and one of the oldest names in Celtic tradition. The goddess Dana, also called Danu, was the Mother Goddess in Celtic Mythology who is associated with power, generosity and knowledge. The Gaelic word "dána” means ‘brave, daring.’ The name can be pronounced with the first syllable rhyming with either “rain” or “ran.”
Popularity of the Name Dana
The name Dana is traditionally unisex, but it’s no longer on the American popularity charts for boys so we’re calling it exclusively female. It hovered near the bottom of the top 1,000 most popular girl names in the United States until it began a steady climb in the 1930s. Dana reached the very peak of its popularity in 1971 when it rose to #44. By 2010, the name is barely hanging onto a spot on the Top 500 preferred names for girls. The favored pronunciation of the name is “DAY-na” but we prefer the lesser used “DAH-na” which gives it an added edge and uniqueness.
Popularity of the Girl Name Dana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dana
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dana
Dana We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Dana.
Popular Songs on Dana
O, Dana - a song by Big Star
Children's Books on the Baby Name Dana
Dana - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Dana.
Famous People Named Dana
Famous People Named Dana - Dana Andrews (actor); Dana Carvey (comedian); Dana Delany (actress); Dana King (news anchor); Dana Buchman (designer)
Children of Famous People Named Dana
Famous People who Named their Child Dana - Merle Haggard (musician)
Dana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Dana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dana.
Personality of the Girl Name Dana
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 - Dana