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Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Lana

Lana and Sveta are both short forms of the Russian name Svetlana derived from the Slavic “svet” meaning ‘light, shining’. The name Svetlana was popularized in the early 19th century Russia thanks to the poet Vasily Zhukovsky and his 1813 eponymous poem. In the ballad, Svetlana is the epitome of loyalty and obedience, and her movement from the dream world to awakening symbolizes the role of providence in our lives. Not only was “Svetlana” a landmark Russian poem of the romantic tradition, but it also gave birth to generations of women name Svetlana not only in Russia but other Slavic nations as well. Lana is mostly considered a pet form of Svetlana, but it could also be short for Alana or Elana. In any case, among English-speakers, the name Lana was unequivocally popularized in the late 1930s by film star Lana Turner (b. 1921 as Julia Jean Turner). Today, Lana is the #1 and #2 most popular name in Croatia and Slovenia, respectively, and it is ranked high at #19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lana is a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in both France and Belgium and moderately popular in Holland. Indeed, we’d say that Lana is truly a name of multi-ethnic interest.

Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Lana

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Lana in the U.S. since 1880.
English Baby Names Meaning:

In English, the meaning of the name Lana is: Abbreviation of Alana. Fair; good-looking.

Gaelic Baby Names Meaning:

In Gaelic, the meaning of the name Lana is: This name of uncertain origin may be a feminine form of Man, or derived from the Irish Gaelic word for ‘child’.

Greek Baby Names Meaning:

In Greek the meaning of the name Lana is: Light.

Hawaiian Baby Names Meaning:

In Hawaiian the meaning of the name Lana is: Afloat; calm as still waters.

American Baby Names Meaning:

In American the meaning of the name Lana is: Light.


The number one personality is a leader – strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don’t try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Lana Del Rey, is an American singer and songwriter.


In the United States, the name Lana first appeared on the charts in the late 1880s, but only briefly before falling back into the shadows. The name really debuted alongside the illustrious career of Lana Turner, nicknamed “The Sweater Girl” after her breakout role as a teenaged murder victim in “They Won’t Forget” (1937). Indeed, the audiences did not forget that curvaceous figure under her snug-fitting sweater. Nor did they forget her lovely name. The name Lana shot up the charts very quickly in the late 1930s and 1940s. Her peak popularity came in 1948 when the name ranked #188 on the charts. Never an ϋber-favorite, Lana nonetheless held her own on the charts for most of the mid-20th century. By the 1980s, Lana was clearly going out of style. By the mid-1990s, the name completely dropped off the charts. However, in 2002 Lana demonstrated a small comeback. The name is still only used very lightly but there seems to be some resurged interest in this simple beauty. Someone pointed out to us that Lana is “anal” spelled backwards, which is unfortunate but hopefully easily overlooked. Lana is also the Spanish word for “wool” (random, but true). Incidentally, Lana Wood, an actress, was the younger sister of Natalie Wood (whose Russian birth names were Svetlana and Natalia, respectively). Even today, decades after the golden age of Hollywood, the name seems forever associated with the beautiful actress Lana Turner. The name imbues qualities of prettiness, strength and confidence.
Lana Jurčević is a Croatian pop singer 

Quick Facts ON LANA

  • GENDER: Girl
  • ORIGIN: Russian
  • SIMPLE MEANING: Light, shining

Characteristics OF LANA

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Numerology of name LANA

Expression Number: 1

People with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. They tend to be focused on specific goals, experience a wealth of creative new ideas, and have the ability to implement these ideas with efficiency and determination. They tend to be courageous and sometimes aggressive. As unique, creative individuals, they tend to resent authority, and are sometimes stubborn, proud, and impatient.

SoulUrge Number: 2

People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.