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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Jana

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Jana in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Jana:

  • Records indicate that 40,895 girls in the United States have been named Jana since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1961, when 1,457 people in the U.S. were given the name Jana. Those people are now 60 years old.

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    Comments about the name Jana

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      25 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Jana and i think its cool with the name i have😊" Jul. 16, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Despite people always pronouncing my name wrong, I love my name! Being Irish and named after a "John" my parents wanted something more feminine and chose Jana (which is the femanine form of John, and pronounce it like John-na or Jah-na. I have met only a hand full of other "Jana's" however they either pronounce or spell their name differently." Oct. 14, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana, Jah nuh. It is usually pronounced wrong until you get to know me... Then it is unforgettable! If I tell my name to children I always say Jana rhymes with banana they always remember and get a little laugh out of it. I've met three other Jana's all of which shared my middle name Lynn." Jan. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 2000. And still, haven't met another Jana in my life, people often misspelled my name as Jannah. But it's okay, I love having a quite unique name!" Apr. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love having a very unique name. My name is Jana and yes, as with everyone else with the name Jana, it's always pronounced wrong, BUT that doesn't bother me one bit! I love the name and have actually met three other people named Jana in my lifetime." May. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana pronounced Jah-nuh but I'm called Jane-a Ya-na Joan-a and Jan-a as in banana. I wouldn't mind if once corrected people remembered. My real friends pronounce it correctly. It's so simple. don't know who people have such difficulty with it." May. 23, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Jana - pronounced Jah-na which we both loved. We have had people pronounce it Yana & Jayna but not to bothered with correcting them. My question is...were any of you Jana's bullied or teased at school because of your name?" Apr. 23, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "All Jana's are awesome! I get called everything from Jenna to Jayna. I've learned to answer to everything. It's a great name. Very unique name and has a great meaning. Gotta love those Jana's." Jan. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana and every Jana I've come across has been awesome :) Hope it doesn't become too popular - I like that it's unique!" Jun. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana! Growing up I really didnt like it much becuse everyone always called me "Jenna" I pronounce it as "jan-nuh". Now I love the name im the only Jana from where I live!" Jan. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1959 given the name Jana. I prounce it "Jan-nuh", but also enjoy "Jah-nuh". It was given to me by a mother named "Winona". Too cool. Supposedly, its etymology is Slovakian/Irish/Hebrew and means "Gift from God" or "God is Gracious"." Jun. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana...but I didn't like it as a kid...I wanted a more common name. But now I love how unique it is. I only met one other Jana and I worked with her. I was Jana 1 and she was Jana we both pronounced it Jan-uh." Jan. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana but every body says it wrong i have never meet another Jana befor i love my name!" Jan. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana and i pronounce it Jay-nah but everybody always thinks its Jah-nuh." Jul. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Jana Lu!!! SHe's so AMAZING!!! So is her name!! I love my Jana Lu Skadoo!!! [;" Jun. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name and I love it. When I was younger I wanted to be Jennifer because it was a "normal" name but in high school I realized I liked not being "normal". I'm in my late 20's now and still love it. People almost always mispronounce it but not as much as they used to. I've never gotten Yahna or Johnna but I get Jayna a lot! I pronounce it like Jan-na." Jun. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of my sisters is also named Jana. I like and so does she. My sister pronounces it Jan-na. A lot of people when they do not know her call her John-na, Jane-a, Joan-a, and Yana." Sep. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Best Friend is called Jana and she is from South Africa and at school the teachers are always pronouncing it Jan-a and Jarna. It is a unique name but it can be very annoying trying to correct peoples pronounciation." Aug. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jana is my name. People do mispronounce is all the time, it really isnt that hard to say. I get Jane-uh a lot. I like Jana better with just one N, it is less" Mar. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend named Jana and I think it's one of the most beautiful and original names I've come across." Dec. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "it a cool name! my mates called jana an she's south agrican, an she's such a nice girl with a nice name. just a bit confused with the spelling!" Oct. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my baby Jana. Everyone pronounces it "John-Na". I love it. It's so simple and feminine." May. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, but almost everyone pronounces it wrong....even after being corrected, so I rarely correct anyone anymore. We pronounce it with a hard J sound and with the a's like in act. So many people pronounce it like "Johna" or "Jayna", or "Yahna". Add to it a difficult last name, and I rarely hear my name pronounced correctly!!" Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like having an unusual name, but people never know how to spell it! Most people think it's spelled with a "Y" because of the pronounciation" Jun. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most of my life, people had never heard of the name Jana. Lately, I've run in to a few people with how know someone who has the name. When I was young I hated having a name no one ever heard of now that I'm over 50 I love having a name that is not the norm." May. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I do not like my name (pronounced Jan-nuh). I think it would sound cuter paired with my middle name (if I were referenced as Jana Beth). But what really bothers me are 2 things: a) if proper english pronunciation were used...The vowel, consonant, vowel would make the first A long. Like Dana. Meaning: Jana really should be pronounced Jay-na. My pronunciation should be spelled Janna. And ?john-nuh? should be spelled Jonna. B) even I find it difficult to SAY! It comes out so southern like ?Jay-yuh-nuh? when I say it and trying to use it in a sentence is hard! Try saying ?this is Jana? and it either sounds like Jenna, Jayna or Gina to everyone else. I always have to say ?like Anna with a J...?. I also get called Dana a lot. I always tell my mom she misspelled my name . But I am awesome so maybe there is something to the name ;)" Dec. 3, 2017: Report as inappropriate

      9 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Jana. Only complaint towards my name is that people always seem to pronounce it wrong. It's pronounced Jan-nuh, rhymes with banana, but I always hear Jayna and Jenna. Only half of my teachers pronounce my name right, the others use those variations. Other than that I've only met 3 Jana's, with the same pronunciation in my life. I love my name and it's uniqueness and wouldn't change it for any other name. :)" Jan. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jana a lot call me Jenna and tell them that's not many girls my age is not name Jana any more I am 33 now I don't hear my name any more I wish I did because its so pretty" Dec. 10, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes my name is Jana and I was named after my Mom. So annoying that everyone pronounces it wrong. Jana meaning and name origin: Jana as a girl's name is pronounced JAH-nah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jana is "God is gracious". Feminine form of John." Apr. 3, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Jana, and we pronounce it Jah-nuh. Many people call her Jan-nuh when they first read the name. I love the simplicity of the name, and she likes it because it is different." Jan. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Jana too...and I love my name. I was born in 1966, so I am probably older than most of you. I think Jana is a cool name and so far, every Jana I have met has been very sweet and beautiful! Jana's Rock!" Jun. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is pronounceD as JOHN-UH. I love it. It's unique and I feel like there is no other name better than Jana. One day you will turn on your tv and radio and hear about keep a lookout!" May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Jana. She hates her own name for some reason, but many people say it's a pretty name." Sep. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "every one pronounces it differently and trys to correct my way of saying it ." Feb. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always liked having a different name but I wished my mother had spelled it differently. Most people don't know how to pronounce it." Jun. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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