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Quick Facts on Lana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Russian, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 412
LAN-ah or LAWN-ah
Simple meaning:
Light, shining

Characteristics of Lana

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lana

Lana and Sveta are both short forms of the Russian name Svetlana derived from the Slavic “svet” meaning ‘light, shining’. The name Svetlana was popularized in the early 19th century Russia thanks to the poet Vasily Zhukovsky and his 1813 eponymous poem. In the ballad, Svetlana is the epitome of loyalty and obedience, and her movement from the dream world to awakening symbolizes the role of providence in our lives. Not only was “Svetlana” a landmark Russian poem of the romantic tradition, but it also gave birth to generations of women name Svetlana not only in Russia but other Slavic nations as well. Lana is mostly considered a pet form of Svetlana, but it could also be short for Alana or Elana. In any case, among English-speakers, the name Lana was unequivocally popularized in the late 1930s by film star Lana Turner (b. 1921 as Julia Jean Turner). Today, Lana is the #1 and #2 most popular name in Croatia and Slovenia, respectively, and it is ranked high at #19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lana is a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in both France and Belgium and moderately popular in Holland. Indeed, we’d say that Lana is truly a name of multi-ethnic interest.

Popularity of the Name Lana

In the United States, the name Lana first appeared on the charts in the late 1880s, but only briefly before falling back into the shadows. The name really debuted alongside the illustrious career of Lana Turner, nicknamed “The Sweater Girl” after her breakout role as a teenaged murder victim in “They Won’t Forget” (1937). Indeed, the audiences did not forget that curvaceous figure under her snug-fitting sweater. Nor did they forget her lovely name. The name Lana shot up the charts very quickly in the late 1930s and 1940s. Her peak popularity came in 1948 when the name ranked #188 on the charts. Never an ϋber-favorite, Lana nonetheless held her own on the charts for most of the mid-20th century. By the 1980s, Lana was clearly going out of style. By the mid-1990s, the name completely dropped off the charts. However, in 2002 Lana demonstrated a small comeback. The name is still only used very lightly but there seems to be some resurged interest in this simple beauty. Someone pointed out to us that Lana is “anal” spelled backwards, which is unfortunate but hopefully easily overlooked. Lana is also the Spanish word for “wool” (random, but true). Incidentally, Lana Wood, an actress, was the younger sister of Natalie Wood (whose Russian birth names were Svetlana and Natalia, respectively). Even today, decades after the golden age of Hollywood, the name seems forever associated with the beautiful actress Lana Turner. The name imbues qualities of prettiness, strength and confidence.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lana

  • Popular Songs on Lana

    Popular Songs on Lana

    Lana - a song by Roy Orbison

    Lana - a song by The Beach Boys

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lana

    Lana Llama's Little Lamb (Barbara deRubertis) - Animals Antics from A to Z. Lana Llama loves little Lucky Lamb. But Lucky has a problem - the sly and sneaky wolf down the lane! Luckily, Lana and her teacher, Alpha Betty, know just what to do! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Lana's Lakota Moons (Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve) - This charming and poignant contemporary story about two Lakota girls and their Laotian friend illuminates for children and adults the Lakota meaning of family, friendship, life, and death. In the Lakota way, Lana and her cousin Lori are like sisters, growing up together under the caring eyes of an extended family of parents and grandparents. Also like sisters, they have their share of squabbles and fights, but when they meet a new girl at school who has recently arrived from Laos, they are drawn closer by their shared friendship, their discoveries about cultural differences, and their experience with loss and death. An image of footprints in the snow, one under the other so that it looks as if only one person is walking, becomes the central compelling image in the story. "We can't keep snow from melting," says Grandpa, "But the footprints will always be there, even if we can't see them." Recommended for ages 10-14.

    LANA: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies (Cheryl Crane) - Lana Turner was the ultimate personification of the term “movie star.” The actress and world-class beauty lived the glamorous life to the hilt, and was part of one of the most notorious scandals in Hollywood history. Lana’s daughter, Cheryl Crane, now tells her mother’s story for the first time, featuring hundreds of never-before-seen photos from her private family collection. Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies will chronicle her life and 50-year career, starting with the Cinderella story of a girl discovered at a soda shop at age fifteen and made a star overnight. From blonde bombshell to box-office queen of the ’40s, Lana led a whirlwind life marked by seven marriages and a murder trial that made her and her daughter infamous. The gorgeous photographs throughout showcase not only the stunning glamour of one of Hollywood’s classic celebrities, but also reveal her other facets: as a mother, a wife, an adventurer, and above all, a woman with a zest for life. Recommended for ages young adult+

  • Famous People Named Lana

    Famous People Named Lana

    Famous People Named Lana - Lana Turner (actress); Lana Wood (actress); Lana Parrilla (actress); Lana Clarkson (actress/model); Lana Obad (Miss Croatia 2010); Lana (famous chimpanzee); Lana Del Rey (singer-songwriter); Lana Morris (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lana

    Children of Famous People Named Lana

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lana - Willie Nelson (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Lana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lana Turner (8 Feb 1921 - 29 Jun 1995) - Born Julia Jean Turner in Idaho in 1921, Lana Turner’s mother was only 16 and her father was a poor minor. Having hit hard times, the small family moved to San Francisco where her father was robbed and murdered leaving a craps game with his winnings stuffed in his sock. Mother and daughter soon relocated to Los Angeles where they struggled against poverty. Hollywood lore tells us that the beautiful teenager was “discovered” drinking a Coke at a Sunset Boulevard café by the publisher of “The Hollywood Reporter”. Struck by her fresh face and gorgeous figure, he referred her to Zeppo Marx (brother of Groucho) and the young starlet was immediately signed by MGM. She attracted attention at the young age of sixteen in the 1937 film “They Won’t Forget” after which she earned the nickname “The Sweater Girl” (apparently much to her chagrin). She would go onto play the beautiful, young ingénue for the next several years before establishing herself as a leading lady. Lana Turner is most known for such films as: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1941) as one of the original horror film scream queens; “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946) as the femme fatale; and for her talented performances in “Peyton Place” (1957) and “Imitation of Life” (1959). Perhaps overshadowing a long and illustrious career in Hollywood was an unfortunate 1958 scandal involving Lana’s daughter Cheryl Crane who stabbed to death Lana’s gangster boyfriend Johnny Stompanato apparently in self-defense (later ruled justifiable homicide). Lana Turner’s rise to Hollywood fame is one of the true Cinderella stories of her day.

Personality of the Girl Name Lana

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lana

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