This name can have several origins and meanings. Spelled Dania it is a Polish diminutive name, which could be short for Daniela or Danuta. In Italian, Dania is also used as a diminutive form of Daniela, but is often used as an independent given name. In Russian, the name is a unisex diminutive form of Danil or Danila, the equivalent of Danny in English.
Dania is also the Latin name for Denmark and has occasionally been used as a given-name in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. Dania Beach is the name of a city in Florida, which was named in honour of its predominately Danish residents.
Dania دانية is also an Arabic female name, derived from the root d-n-a, meaning “close; near.”
Danya דַּנְיָה, sometimes transliterated as Dania, is a popular female name in Israel, used as a modern feminine form of Dan, it is probably an import from Polish and Russian immigrants from when it was in use as a diminutive form of one of the above mentioned names.
In the United States, Dania appeared in the U.S. top 1000 between 1996 and 2010 and peaked at #764 in 1996.
Regardless of origin, use, and spelling, the name is pronounced (DAHN-yah) in all of the aforementioned languages.
Below is a list of other forms and languages of use:
- Dania (Arabic/Danish/Faroese/Hebrew/Italian/Norwegian/Swedish)
- Danja (Danish/Swedish)
- Danía (Icelandic)
- Danit (Hebrew)
- Danya (Hebrew)
Note in Poland and Russia, Dania is used as exclusively as a diminutive form of one of the above mentioned names.