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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Dana
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Dana in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Dana:
Records indicate that 189,370 girls in the United States have been named Dana since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1971, when 6,928 people in the U.S. were given the name Dana. Those people are now 48 years old.
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Comments about the name Dana
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30 Positive Comments
"My name is Dana (pronounced Dayna.) I really like my name. I was named after Dana Scully because my mum and dad were major fans of the x-files at the time. I think the name suits me really well because it is feminine but not too girly, just like me. Some people spell it wrong, but honestly it doesn't bother me. What does bother me though is about every second person I meet pronounces it as Dar-na. I don't have an issue with that name, but it isn't MY name so it always bugs me. I get tired of correcting people because it feels like I have to do it all the time. I do find it quite amusing when a relief teacher pronounces it wrong and the whole class shouts "IT'S DAY-NA!!" Another thing that used to bother me was the fact that because it is such a short name in itself, there isn't really any nicknames. It was only in the past couple of years that my friends came up with 'Danasaur' which I quite like because it is a unique nickname! I have hardly met anyone with the same name as me and I have always (to my knowledge) been the only Dana at my school/s. I live in Australia and it doesn't seem anywhere near as popular here as it is in America. The main critique I really have with the name is, I wish people would be able to know how it is pronounced just by reading it on paper, there is Dayna but I have never really been a big fan of that spelling." Jun. 24, 2015:
"I love my name Dana! My father picked it out.
He named me after the actor Dana Andrews. My mother liked it as well. People call me Dane Dane. My Middle name is Lynn. I was the only Dana in my grade in school. The name suits me well I think." Apr. 8, 2015:
"Dana is the name of my little sister and I think it is beautiful (Did I mention I got to help pick it, lol?). It is the name of an Irish goddess; the Tuatha de Danaan means "the people of the goddess Dana" and they are the ancient people of Ireland😊" Mar. 5, 2015:
"My daughter name is Dana. i love the name. she was born in 1994. she has known a few Dana's most older than her." Jan. 3, 2015:
"I have a grand daughter named Dayna Leighton. I love her and her name. :) She is 7 and has proclaimed this summer that she gates her name. I will be very happy to tell that others felt the same way when they were younger but now appreciate how strong, femine beautiful it makes them feel. Thanks, all of you Dayna-Dana-Darna-Danna-Dhannas out there!" Sep. 7, 2013:
"love my name too! (i am a girl) Dana (Dayna) Nichole... graduated highschool with 2 boys named Dana. Always got called Dana Point (a beach town near me) Mom called me Dane or Daney...LOVE IT" Jun. 24, 2013:
"I'm Dana (dayna) and haven't really thought too much about what I had rather my name had been so I guess I'm good with it. I like the spelling Dayna but my spelling came from my mothers, Lana. I was given the name Dana Jo Marie but dropped the Jo when I got married so I'm just Dana Marie now (which seems popular by the above post). The Marie was after Lisa Marie Presley. People usually get it right unless they know of someone named DAN-a. I've only met 3 other Dana's and only really know one of them." Feb. 8, 2012:
"Hi my name is DANNAH...some people pronounce it DAH-na and some DAYNA which is sooo cool and awesome.! So im used to that, my name pronounced in 2 ways...what could be cooler than that! i also like that its a unisex name! it goes well with my middle name too!, Marie." Jun. 11, 2011:
"My Name is Dhana which is just a different spelling. As i live in Germany the name ist pronounced the German way "DAH-na" oder maybe "DAR-na" with an unpronounced "r". The spelling with the "h" doesn't make a difference. I really like my name although it's kind of uncommon here at least not as common as in the US. I heard of a few other Danas in my life but never really met one so far. I usually only hear it in American TV shows.
I really l" Jun. 9, 2011:
"My name is Dana and I really love my name.I've never had a problem with it.My Dad and Mom both liked the name equally they said.Day-na is how it is pronounced." Jun. 6, 2011:
"My name is Dana pronounced Donna. My father was of Italian descent, and I've been called "Dayna" from many people throughout my life. I prefer my father's way of saying it but don't mind the other way either. Is just like to be able to write it in a way that most people would pronounce it "Donna" to make things easier for me." Nov. 27, 2010:
"my name's dana, and everyone says it suits me well. they say it fits my personality because i am quirky yet likable, kind of like the name i suppose." Oct. 7, 2010:
"My name is spelt Dana but is pronounced 'Darna' and hardly anyone ever says it right and or can spell it which is really annoying. But I still love my name. I was born in the UAE and in Arabic it means "the most perfectly sized, big, round, and beautiful pearl"." Sep. 18, 2010:
"my name is not Dana but is said the same way (Dannah i dont know why my parents added an N and a silent H) lol and one of my firends name's is dana" Apr. 18, 2010:
"My name is Dana, I love it, it isn't a common name, and yes I get called Danna, Donna, Diana, Deena, I have only met 2 other Dana's" Mar. 31, 2010:
"My wife's name is Dana. She is the love of my life and I wouldn't change it for the world...." Nov. 17, 2008:
"Dana is the best name ever bc thats my name and it rocks!! Who doesn't want this name!! I am the best in the world!! WHOOOOOOOOO!!" May. 29, 2008:
"i love the name dana is really awesome and the good thing is that u dont find that many dana's in the world" May. 9, 2008:
"I enjoy having the name Dana. I have met probably only two other Dana's in my 21 years. I have met one lady with the spelling "Dana" who pronounces it "Dahnna". I pronounce it "Dayna."
My name helps me in the work place too, because it doesn't sound too girly, it sounds like I am a capable individual." Aug. 30, 2007:
"My name is Dana. I do like it, but I always wanted something a little more girly when growing up. As an adult, I like it a lot. I guess that's what counts." Jan. 19, 2007:
"my mom don't like it but i do. it's different and one day i want to name my daughter that. it's not one of those like all flowy delicate names such as Lily... it's classy,but at the same time it's kinda hard and grit. it's like combined. hard,grit. and classy,sophisticated. i just luvv it." Jan. 1, 2007:
"I am a Dana, and I think it is a great name. It is classy and sophisticated, and you rarely meet any Dana's. I have met only 2 other people named Dana throughout my life. No nicknames." Dec. 29, 2006:
"I love my name Dana, it isn't a very common name, I get alot of people calling me 'Danna' or 'Diana'" Dec. 22, 2006:
"Dana is a beautiful name. The name has a playful sound. Dana come easily to the tounge. Dana can be a youthful name, but is can also be a mature name. Dana means "Bright as day"." Jul. 13, 2006:
"My name is Dana. The most common mistake people make is adding an "i" to it and call me Diana. I hate that! I have had it misspelled as Danna, have been called Donna. I didn't like my name when I was younger because it was more a boys name. Now it is more a girls name. I am almost 50 now and I am okay with my name." May. 29, 2006:
"Dana is my name and i love it! All other Danas out there should appreciate their name. Because it was originally a males name, i feel it makes it a "strong" name meant for strong women." Apr. 19, 2006:
"My name is Dana Marie. I've never had a problem with it. It's a simple name that isn't over-used. :)" Mar. 15, 2006:
"my name is dana & i like it. it's unique w/out being weird. my only complaint is that people mispronounce it." Feb. 27, 2006:
"I gave my daughter the name 'Dana' because I specifically wanted a name for her that couldn't be mutated in a 'cutsey' way. On occasion a second 'n' shows up or it has been pronounced "Danna". She was intensely offended once when a magazine added "Mr." to her subscription address...she no longer subscribes to that magazine...." Sep. 13, 2005:
"People some time pronounce it wrond or spell it wrong and every time i have to confront them and tell them how to say and spell it." Jul. 10, 2005:
3 Negative Comments
"my names dana and im a guy, i get made fun of rarely, my middle names james so i go by D.J." Feb. 12, 2011:
"Hate the name Dana. Anyone with the name Dana I ever met was not a nice girl. Boo." Mar. 23, 2008:
"im dana. im the coolest kid you ever saw. word up." Dec. 14, 2006:
29 Neutral Comments
"I am Dana born in 1954, i have a twin brother named Dale. Dana Lynn and Dale Ken our names came from a book of twin names. i remember in Junior High There were 3 Dana?s in my English class, 2 girls and 1 boy. also at one of my jobs there were 3 Dana?s all female only one spelled her name Dayna." Apr. 10, 2019:
"My mom the best person in the world is named Dana (Miller) Forsythe I love my mom so so so so much. Mom if you are reading this i love you so sos so much and i just wanted you to know that.
- love Shelby Forsythe (11) ( AKA Shelby bug)" Dec. 14, 2018:
"I am a male and my name is Dana pronounced (Dan-nah) . My name annoys me. It is constantly mispronounced as Darna Dayna Dena Dano Dahna. I've never met anyone with the same name as me." Jul. 12, 2013:
"My name is Dana and I love my name. Sometimes when I was younger I didn't like how short and to the point it was, but now my close friends and family call me Dane, Great Dane, Danish, all kinds of silly stuff. I am 18 and I've read previous comments about "Dana Marie's", and I find it strange that this is so common because it is my first and middle name as well!:) I'm outgoing and girly but I'm outdoorsy so my name is perfect for me." Jan. 2, 2013:
"I named my daughter Dana Jo and she LOVES it! I heard the name Dana on a commercial years ago and liked it very much. I took her middle name Jo, from one of the girls in the movie "Little Women"." Jun. 27, 2012:
"I'm a Dana prononced "Dayna" and I am not a big fan of my name. I get teased sometimes cause Dana is a boy name. But its not Dana is a very much a girl name I know a Spencer who's a girl and I love her name it fits her perfectly. People out there need to wake up and smell the roses and realize girls can have Guy names and guys can have girl names and that is that." Feb. 18, 2011:
"My name is Dana, pronounced Day-na, but most of my childhood I had to correct every substitute teacher etc because they'd always call me Dan-a. I always wished for a more common name that people could read on paper and say it correctly. I also always thought it sounded like and older person's name like Donna. I guess I'll grow into one day. ha!" Dec. 27, 2010:
"I am a 50 yr old Dana (Day-na) My mother named me after Dana Andrews - the singer in the 50's and 60's. She thought it made a better girls name than a boys name - I love my name and that it is not very common! I have seen it spelled Danah, Daina, Daynah,and Dayna" Dec. 13, 2010:
"I am a Dana and I have always really liked my name. I like that it is short and sweet. I also like that my close friends call me Dane... I have met a few Dana's but like that my name is not that popular." Oct. 15, 2010:
"I'm Dana (Dannah). Spent 30 yrs. in NM and AZ and met only one other Dana ("Daynah"). People told me it was a boy's name or that I pronounced it "wrong". Moved back to TX (where I was born in 1947) and there were a few more Danas. When I filed for divorce they said I could change not only my last name but my first and middle. Never liked either but just couldn't do it. Dana Nadine (mom was a "Nadine" too) will be on my tombstone. After over 60 years... IT'S JUST ME..." Sep. 5, 2010:
"Hi my name Is dana...when I was 7 all the way til I was 13 I really didn't like my name..But now that im 18 I love it and its weird because people would pronounce my as diana,dayna,daina,donna hehehehehe its funny.....my family likes to call me dana dane and this one guy used tew call me dana marie he said....now my older sister calls me dana marie...... I love my name a whole lot thanks mom for giving me that name" Jun. 23, 2010:
"My name is Dana! i really like it. it has a good meaning and my parents wanted it to match me perfectly. It Did. it means brightest of day or light haired. Im always positive, i have dirty blonde hair and blue eyes! sometimes i would like something a bit more girly. at the same time it is a fun simple name that goes on things easily. sometimes people pronounce my name as DANNAH or DONNA. but i tell them and they know its DANA. DANA flows with many middle names well too. My middle name is Elizabeth! i love my name" Apr. 7, 2010:
"I'm a Dana (pronounced Dayna), and I've never really liked my name, because it's too unusual. I've been called Danna, Donna, Diana, Dinah, Deena...you name it...everything but the right thing. You'd think in 60 years, I'd be accustomed to that, but I still wish I had a more common name." Mar. 19, 2009:
"im 15 years old and so far i really do not like thi name. it sounds boyish and clunky." Dec. 14, 2008:
"my name's dana marie as well. i never liked my first name, i feel like i should have a more exotic name to match my face. but oh well." Nov. 6, 2008:
"My name is Dana, I always have like it spelled Dayna! I like my name and don't hear it very often so that's nice." May. 13, 2008:
"This is my name and I love it! Although I'm of Celtic ancestry, I believe it's true origin is actually Sanksrit meaning 'generous one'. I feel it's a unique and beautiful name." Feb. 21, 2008:
"My name is Dana and I think its ok but it is pronounced darna and everyone gets it mixed up with Dayna. But still has been a good name so far." Feb. 19, 2008:
"I'm Dana (pronounced Dayna). I like it more now than I did growing up. The worst nickname I was ever called was "Danish," so I guess I got off easy." Jan. 22, 2008:
"My name is Dana - pronounced Dayna. I love my name. It's not a girly name or a tom-boy name. It's just great having the name Dana. The only problem is, a lot of people spell my name wrong or pronounce it wrong." Dec. 27, 2007:
"I love this name because my daughter's name is Dana, it is pronounces Dannah and she is 21 years, it is very popular name in Arabic Gulf which means the large dark pearl" Dec. 19, 2007:
"I HATE THIS NAME! it just reminds me of my EX-BFF and it makes me sick thinking about her" Nov. 20, 2007:
"i really like the name dana, my sisters name is dana and even though she is a pain i still really like her name and i really really like it for a boy i think that is confedance builder if your names dana and your a boy it just adds to your personality!!
Dana's sister" Mar. 29, 2007:
"Growing up I always wanted a different name.. now I love my name. Dana is as common as you might think and it's pretty. The only thing I would change about it is that some boys are named Dana. I don't think it's appropriate for a boy but I love it for me!" Feb. 27, 2007:
"I used to hate my name and wanted something prettier. As I grew up I love it because there aren't many and it really defines me." Dec. 10, 2006:
"My name is Dana and I've had nothing but positive experiences with it. Everyone feel the name to comment on my name. I always thought it was a dull name really, but as I got older I noticed peoples attraction to it. Some are fascinated that it can be used for a boy or girl. A lot of older people like to tell me how it use to be more popular for a boys name. I've even met people who's last name is Dana. They love that it's my first name. I get a lot of compliments on how pretty it is. So I guess it's not so dull after all." Aug. 4, 2006:
"I have always liked my name. I have only run into a handful of men and women in my 38 yrs with my name. When someone says Dana, I know they mean me. The men I have met do not like the fact that I have the same name and pronounce it the same. I had one guy tell me that I was wrong and only men pronounce it Dana(dayna) and women pronounce it (dan-na)no matter how it is spelled. He was really upset. I thought it was a hoot." Jan. 5, 2006:
"My name is Dana. Most of my family and friends call me Day. I have had other nick names like Dayn'r, Dane, & Dyna. Love them all, but Day is my fav.
I had an Eng teacher who insisted on calling me Danna. I couldn't stand him." Jan. 1, 2006:
"My name is Dana (female) and have had the same experiences. Some have spelled it Deana, Daina, Danna but most asked to spell it. I do often get mail that is addressed Mr. I never open it. If I get phone calls asking for Mr. Dana Lav, I tell them they have the wrong number. I love my name and I have met some wonderful people named Dana, male and female." Nov. 25, 2005:
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