The name could be of several different origins and meanings.
It is a German short form of Johanna, now commonly used as an independent given name. It is the Czech and Slovak feminine form of Jan (John) and a South Slavic form of Anne. It is also a Catalan contraction of Joana.
In Roman mythology, it was used as another name for the goddess, Diana. In this case, the actual origins are uncertain, but may have been a pre-Italic, Etruscan appellation.
The name could also be from the Arabic meaning, “paradise” or “garden” and sometimes transliterated as Jannah/Janna.
Currently, Jana is the 13th most popular female name in German-speaking, Switzerland (2010). Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 14 (Catalonia, 2010)
- # 20 (Austria, 2010)
- # 33 (Germany, 2011)
- # 49 (Croatia, 2010)
- # 68 (Belgium, 2009)
- # 85 (Spain, 2010)
- # 97 (Slovenia, 2010)
- # 400 (Netherlands, 2010)