The name appears in various languages. It could be from the Arabic meaning, “tender.”
In South Eastern Europe this short form has carried over as a popular independent given name. As of 2009, Lana was the most popular female name in Croatia. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 2 (Slovenia, 2010)
- # 19 (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010)
- # 52 (France, 2009)
- # 90 (Belgium, 2009)
- # 169 (Netherlands, 2010)
- # 480 (United States, 2010)
Lana can also be Hawaiian, meaning, “floating; calm; still as water.” It has even been linked with the Spanish word for wool.
In the United States, it was brought to attention via actress, Lana Turner (1921-1995).