[ 2 syll. la-na, lan-a ] The baby girl name Lana is pronounced LAEN-aa- or LAO-N-aa- †. Lana is of Celtic, Old Greek, Hawaiian, and Slavonic origin. It is used mainly in the English, Greek, and Russian languages. From Hawaiian roots, its meaning is 'bouyant, to float' - in this context, Lana can be used in the English and Greek languages.
In addition, Lana is a short form of Alana (English).
Lana is also a variant of Helen (English).
Lana is also a short form of Svetlana (Czech, Russian, and Slavic) in the Russian language.
Lana has 16 variants. Variants of the name include Lanae, Lanah, Lanai, Lanaia, Lanata, Lanay, Lanaya, Laneetra, Lanice, Lanna, Lannah, Lannice, and Lanny. The familiar form Lanette, and the variant spellings Laana and Launa are other English forms.
See also the related form, Karalana.
Lana is rather popular as a baby girl name. At the peak of its usage in 1948, 0.084% of baby girls were given the name Lana. It was #188 in rank then. The baby name has fallen out of favor since then, and it is used only on a very modest scale in recent years. In 2018, it ranked at #360 with a usage of 0.047%, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Alana, out of all girl names in its family. It was 76% more commonly used than Lana in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Lana: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"
A famous person named Lana is Actress Lana Turner, born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner 8 February 1920 - 29 June 1995, Wallace, Idaho.