[ 3 syll. a-ya-na, ay-ana ] The baby girl name Ayana is pronounced EY-aeN-aa- †. Ayana's language of origin is Native American and African-Somali, and it is predominantly used in English and Somali. African-Somali origin: It is derived literally from the word ayana which is of the meaning 'beautiful flower'. The name could also have developed as a form of Anna. In the USA, it is particularly used by Afro-Americans.
In addition, Ayana is a derivative of the English Aiyana.
Aiyana (English) and Ayanna (English) are other forms of the name.
Ayana is a somewhat popular baby name for girls. The name increased in popularity from the 1990s up to the 2000s. At the modest height of its usage in 2001, 0.019% of baby girls were named Ayana. It ranked at #654 then. The baby name has since experienced a drop in frequency. In 2012, it ranked at #867 with a usage of 0.016%. Within the group of girl names directly related to Ayana, Anna was the most widely used. It was used 18 times more than Ayana in 2012.
† Pronunciation for Ayana: EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"