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In Khaleeji (GCC) Arabic the name Dana is the name of a beautiful rare large pearl as pearl diving was a great part of our cultural history. The city Dubai is names دبي دانة الدنيا “Dana’t el dunya” meaning the pearl of the world. It is a girl's name. دانة.
Aliaaaa  10/23/2019
There’s something attractive about the name Dana in a masculine way, even though it ends with an “a”. You guys know that not all names ending with “a” are more feminine, right? I think it’s original to name your son Dana, just like naming your daughter Aiden. I like Dana for both boys and I girls, though I would only use it for a girl because that’s what it’s intended for.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2019
I've known two male and two female Danas. The gender neutrality of the name doesn't concern me. It's that it's a nationality name. Why name your kid Danish unless you're proud to be from Denmark or something?
― Anonymous User  10/27/2018
In 2018, 39 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Dana who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 295th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.

In 2018, 48 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Dana who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 842nd most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2018
I always thought this was a man's name when I was growing up probably because of the famous actor Dana Andrews. I also knew of a boy my age with the name. Never really new any girls with the name. As an adult I can see the name as male or female and think it works well for a girl. I also found out that Dana was the middle name of actor Carver Dana Andrews not his first name as it was used throughout his career.
― Anonymous User  9/29/2018
In the podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, Dana Cardinal was a former intern at the community radio station. Later on, she was elected as mayor of Night Vale. Dana is voiced by the American actress, Jasika Nicole.
walaburga  9/17/2018
I actually like this name for a guy. I've known three Danas: one girl and two guys. At first it sounded odd to me as a male name, but now I just think it sounds cool. For a girl it sounds kind of plain and old-ladyish. I would never name a male Dana, though, despite the fact that I like it, because I think it is overwhelmingly considered a feminine name. That's really too bad, but nothing I can do about it.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2018
Dana in (Circassian) means : Silk.
Hatoon  6/25/2018
There is NOTHING to this name and I cant understand for the life of me why people would name their child this. It sounds feminine to me, but then of course we have all these smarty-pants who name their sons that. So the name is boring, lifeless and dull.
Prime Meridian  6/20/2018
My mom has never really been able to tell me why she chose to name her daughter Dana, in 1961 when Dana Andrews was probably the most famous bearer of the name, and he was male. Growing up I didn't care much for my name, not just because I thought it was a boy's name, but I also thought it was boring and I wanted a name that sounded very feminine, or "girly". As an adult, in retrospect, it was nice having a name that very few, if any, other students had in any of the schools I was in, and as a military dependent, I was in quite a few. It has only been in the last few years that I have noticed I can no longer assume, when there are a crowd of people, that if "Dana" is called out they are calling me.
WittyOne  8/14/2017
The name Dana was given to 320 girls born in the US in 2016.
74.39 percent of people with the first name Dana are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
This is absolutely a feminine name. If you want to name a boy with this name, stick with "Dan". Dana is incredibly feminine sounding, just like just about all names that end in an 'a'.
smutler  1/29/2017
Dana Elaine Owens, known professionally by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actress, model, television producer, record producer, and talk show host. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989 and released her debut album All Hail the Queen the same year, featuring the hit single "Ladies First". Her second album, Nature of a Sista, was her final album with Tommy Boy Records.
cutenose  1/20/2017
Dana Frederick White, Jr. is president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
― Anonymous User  12/29/2016
The name Dana was given to 37 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/20/2016
I was born a female Dana in 1951 and knew only of the male actor Dana Andrews so I grew up thinking I had a male's name. I was horrified in junior high to meet my first female Dana and she did NOT represent well. For awhile it became more popular as a girl's name and since then I've met some mighty fine Danas.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2015
I don't understand how it became a boy's name. It sounds more like a feminine form of Dane to me.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2015
I ♥ the name Dana! It's so classy and beautiful. It's pronunciation "DAY-nə" sounds totally cute! :)
― Anonymous User  2/28/2015
I love the name Dana! I wanted to name my daughter Dana so badly, but unfortunately my husband is not a fan.
Chels.  9/30/2014
A famous male bearer is Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.
shadow1999  10/24/2013
A famous fictional female bearer is agent Dana Scully on "The X Files."
shadow1999  10/24/2013
I really like this name, I think the sound is simple yet elegant. I like best the Celtic origin, from the goddess Danu, rather than 'a Danish person'.
I could never see it as a male name, I'm afraid. Very feminine. I find hardly any names unisex.
SilveryRow  8/25/2013
Dana Vollmer (born 1987 in Syracuse, New York) is an American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist.
― Anonymous User  8/7/2012
My cousin is named Dana (female) and she hates her name. For a few years now she's been putting a 'y' in it to spell it like 'Dayna'. I personally like the original spelling more and I don't mind the name.
JaciGia  8/4/2011
Dana Elcar was an American actor who appeared in a number of TV series including "MacGyver" where he portrayed Pete Thornton. He had a son named Dane.
Swiff  6/1/2010
I know a female Dana (Dahnah), a male Dana (Daynah), and a female Dana (Daynah)

Male Dana is married to a woman with a very feminine name (in this instant we'll call her Francesca) and because he is married to a Francesca, many people (who just see their names) assume they're lesbian.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2010
It is really boring! A boy with this name would be teased. It is also plain for a girl.
Alora  1/2/2010
I have for some time rather liked this name for a guy. It sounds old-fashioned, wealthy, distinguished and refined. I feel that way about most male names that end in "a," even though there's always the risk of it sounding feminine. But then, there are few names that have no drawbacks at all. This name remains a favorite of mine, and I get the impression that while to me it sounds classic and old-fashioned on a man, it would seem rather modern on a girl. Overall, I personally like it too much as a male name to use for a female.
FamilySaga  7/5/2009
Ironically enough, in the novel Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, Dana is the school bully's name (he's a boy).
margs66  3/22/2009
As with all names which and with an "a", this is not suited for a male at all. It just sounds terrible on a man.
angolmois  8/20/2008
It's a pretty name, but I do have to say that an annoying right wing Libertarian (male) has ruined this name for me. It sounds very feminine to me, though, and I can picture it on a cute, spunky girl with red hair down to her shoulders, and I swear it's not just the influence of the X-Files. I wouldn't really recommend American parents to name their son Dana. If people in America seriously think Bradley sounds feminine, Connor could be a cool name for a girl, and that Jackson would be cute on females, surely they'd find Dana extremely feminine for a guy.
slight night shiver  5/19/2008
In the Cat Who... books, this is Qwill's dad's name. He died before Qwill was born while robbing a bank.
sweetkit  3/28/2008
If you name a boy that name he will hate you for it. You will ensure that he is picked on, bullied, the butt of all jokes, left out, laughed at not only behind his back but to his face.
isolated  2/7/2008
A decent name, but rather dull. It seems incomplete like it needs more letters, like it should be Daynah or something trashy like that, but I hate 'creative' spellings that deviate from the traditional form.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2007
Dana Owens is the real name of Queen Latifah. Sometimes I wonder where she got the name 'Queen Latifah' from.
bibi66  6/4/2007
My name is Dana except it's spelt Daana. I thought it was an original form of the name before I actually started to meet others with the same spelling. Danas rock! Or should I say Daanas rock!
― Anonymous User  5/28/2007
Dana is such a pretty elegant name, I am surprised it isn't used more often.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2007
An alternative spelling of Dana is Dayna.
Missy  1/15/2007
I have a sister named Dana. She recently married a man named...guess what...Dana. It has to be the strangest thing ever, two Danas (both met coincidentally and both have it as a birth name) getting married. Nearly everyone comments on how weird it is. My sister is currently pregnant and often jokes about naming the child Dana Junior or giving Dana as a middle name, in honor of both parents, regardless of gender.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2006
It can also be pronounced Dah-Nah.
bellaboo  11/18/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Dana here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
My name is Dana and I'm a guy. although I was never teased in school about my name, after telling some kids my name, they would reply, "Dana? That's a girl name!" As I got older, when me and my wife would get the bill at a resturant, I would pay and the waiter would give the bill to my wife thinking her name was Dana. Never failed. So, although I believe Dana is a nice name, think twice before naming your son Dana.
DoubleD  6/29/2006
Famous bearer: Dana Andrews, American actor.
Kosta  5/30/2006
Dana is a very pretty name for a girl, unique but not obscure.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2006
I know two girls with this name, one pronounced DAY-na with a long "a", and one DAN-uh with a short "a". I don't know if either or both is correct.
visitor27  3/1/2006
Comedian Dana Carvey from Saturday Night Live is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2006

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