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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Lana

Lana has multiple origins. It is an abbreviation for the Slavic and Russian name Svetlana, meaning ‘shining,’ ‘light,’ or ‘blessed.’ Another potential origin is the Irish Gaelic word ailin, which means ‘small rock.’ The term ‘a leanbh,’ which was used to refer to a youngster, is likely where the name’s usage in Irish originated. It means ‘calm as tranquil seas’ or ‘afloat’ in Hawaiian. Lana is also derived from the Germanic name Alana.

The Russian philologist Alexander Vostokov came up with the term Svetlana, and Vasily Zhukovsky popularized it in his eponymous ballade, which was published in 1813. Svetlana is the name given to Saint Photina, the Samaritan lady at Jacob’s well who is mentioned in John 4 in the Russian Orthodox Church. The name is also used in Serbia, Belarus, and Slovakia. It has recently begun to be used by English speakers and other Westerners without any Slavic ancestry.

The name Lana is also a derivative of the Greek name Helen. One of the principal characters in Greek mythology, Helen is venerated as a goddess in Laconia and Rhodes. The daughter of Zeus and Lada, Helen is said to be the most beautiful lady in the world, Helen was the spouse of the Spartan king Tyndareus.

Lana has a number of variations all across the globe. They include Alana, Ileana, Alannah, Alonna, Allana, Lianna and Allana. The alternate spellings of Svetlana include Svetla in Bulgarian, Světlana in Czech and Svitlana in Ukrainian. Even though Lana is a feminine name but has male variations as well including Alan, Allan, Allen, and Allyn.

If you’re naming your daughter Lana, there are many cute nicknames you can address her with, such as Ana, Lonny, La and Lala.

Lana is a prominent name in the fictional world and is among the favorite choice of writers. A few of them are Lana Crawford in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Lana Lang in the American comic books published by DC Comics. She also made various appearances in other media adaptations of the DC Comics hero Superman.


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Variation of Alan, which means Little rock, Harmony, or Concord
Croatian, Irish
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Famous People With The Name Lana

  • Lana TurnerAmerican actress, one of MGM’s most prominent stars who had a career spanning 50 years
  • Lana Jean ClarksonAmerican actress and fashion model, known for her roles in various sword-and-sorcery films
  • Lana Therese CondorAmerican actress, producer, and singer, best known for her role in the romantic-comedy film series “To All the Boys”
  • Lana ParrillaAmerican actress, known for her role in the fifth season of the ABC sitcom “Spin City”
  • Lana GogoberidzeGeorgian film director and politician, her movie “Day Is Longer Than Night” entered the 1984 Cannes Film Festival
  • Lana GordonAmerican singer, known for her performances in Broadway and theater productions
  • Lana Del ReyAmerican singer-songwriter, real breakthrough came from single “Video Games” in 2021

Lana On The Popularity Chart

Check out the two graphs below by SSA to learn more about how Lana has performed over the years.

Popularity Over Time

Lana rose in popularity in the early 2000s with 2014 being its best year when 943 babies per million were given the name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name Lana broke into the top 500 names in 2003. In 2021, it is ranked 374 in the US.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Lana

Lana has a unique and soft and has an interesting sound to it. Check the list of similar-sounding names for more information.

Names With Same Meaning As Lana

If you like the meaning behind Lana and are searching for similar ones, here are a few alternatives you can consider.

Name Numerology For Lana

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