The name appears in various languages. It could be from the Arabic meaning, “tender.”

In Russia and the Ukraine, it is used as a short form of Svetlana and Ruslana.

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)
It is the name of a river in Albania and this fact may also be the inspiration behind the name’s popularity in South Eastern Europe.

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).



Gender: Masculine
Origin: Russian Руслан
Meaning: uncertain

The name is of uncertain origin or meaning but is believed to be of Turkic origins. It has sometimes been connected with the Turkish male name, Arslan (lion).

It was first used by Alexander Pushkin for his 1820 epic fairytale romance and poem, Ruslan & Ludmila.

The name has been used throughout Russia and Central Asia since.

It is currently the 18th most popular male name in Kazakhstan, (2010).

The feminine form is Ruslana.