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I used to love this name until I noticed that if you read it backwards, it´s "anal".
-- Destry  4/15/2005
Superman's first girlfriend's name is Lana Lang.
-- myrrhmade  8/19/2005
Lana is a snobbish cheerleader in The Princess Diaries, nevertheless, I like this name!
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2006
In Latin, Lana means 'whool'.
-- Anonymous User  6/20/2006
I like this better than Alana.
-- bellaboo  10/24/2006
I love Lana! Alas, it rhymes with my lastname. =(
-- Wordsmith  12/24/2006
Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an Academy award-nominated American film actress. On-screen, she was well-known for the glamor and sensuality she brought to almost all her movie roles. Off-screen, she led a stormy and colorful private life which included seven husbands, numerous lovers, and a famous murder scandal.
-- sweetbabe  1/24/2007
Actress Lana Wood bore this name. Born Svetlana Gurdin she was Natalie Wood's little sister.
-- jaimej  6/30/2007
Very popular girls name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
Lana is also short form of Jolana. Pronounced "lah-nah".
-- Maggie_Simpson  12/21/2007
Lana always struck me as a snotty girl name.
-- Anonymous User  2/19/2008
Lana is a diminutive form of Svetlana, a Slavic name popular in Russia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Macedonia and Ukraine. "svetal" means bright and light in most of the Slavic languages. The male name is Svetlin.
-- Bolyarin89  6/7/2008
My friend pronounces it LAWN-ah and I like it waaay better then LAN-ah.
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2008
I'm kind of put off by the whole "anal" thing.
-- Anonymous User  8/16/2008
I used to really like this name. Now I can't understand how anyone could possibly name a daughter Lana. Which is because when you read it backwards it's "anal". You might not think that it really matters but believe me it will matter to your child. Do yourself and your kid a favor and do not use this name. I know that I played a game in elementary school with my friends (we were just learning how to read) where we figured out how our names were said backwards and then we called ourselves by those names all the time. It was quite a popular game in elementary school and every person I know has at least read their name backwards once. I wouldn't want children playing and screaming "Anal, Anal come here" at my daughter.

If you love the name so much you can't resist it (it actually is a pretty name, that's why I used to love it) try a different spelling. I'm absolutely against creative spellings but in this case Lahna/Lanah or Layna (depending on how you pronounce it) might not be as bad as Lana. I know they don't look as pretty but I think they'll make your child's life a lot easier. Or use Eliana or Milana or something similar.

I pronounce the name LAH-na, by the way.
-- Lily8  8/24/2008
Lana Morris (1930-98) was a beautiful, dark-haired British actress with large dark eyes. She is probably best remembered for her role as Hélène, the winsome Austrian governess in the 1960s television dramatisation of Galsworthy's "The Forsyte Saga".
-- Jonquil  9/15/2008
Calm down, ladies. My name is Lana and I remember when I was a kid, I didn't even know what "anal" meant. Seriously, if your children know what anal is, then something went wrong with raising them.
-- Lanana  2/10/2009
Lana is a popular girls name in Croatia too.
-- goricar  1/13/2010
Personally my name being Lana I wish my name was Alana instead, Lana would be a nice nickname to have. I have always wished for a shortened version of my name to be a nickname. And about the anal thing yes people bring it up and make fun of me. Also it's impossible to find my name on any of those things you buy like bracelets and keychains.
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2010
Female hip hop legend M.C. Lyte's real name is Lana Moorer.
-- Anonymous User  4/13/2011
Lana Turner (born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner) was an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2011
Lana Del Rey, born Elizabeth Grant, is an American indie pop singer. Known for her retro image, she describes herself as the "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" and calls her musical style "Hollywood sadcore". Her stage name is a reference to the old Hollywood actress Lana Turner and the Ford Del Rey.
-- overtheclouds  12/30/2011
My name is Lana But it's said like LAN-ah or Land but with an a.
-- LanaArleneCole17  10/2/2012
Lana's a pretty cool name :) It's loads better than Alanna, I personally don't like that name at all.
-- Oohvintage  3/5/2013
Also used in Slovenia. According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, Lana ranked at #6 in 2012. (source:
-- Callirrhoe  10/5/2013
Lana Parrilla is an American actress who portrays the Evil Queen--also known as Regina Mills--in the show "Once Upon a Time."
-- Strangak  4/2/2014
Lana means wool in Italian. Dislike lawn-uh very much.
-- Anonymous User  4/23/2014
Lana is my name! My friends did find out it spelled anal backwards in high school, but only one or two people ever teased me. I grew up a punk rock kid. I love my name as long as people pronounce it correctly - it should rhyme with Iguana, not banana.
-- luckylana  7/8/2014
My name is Lana and I absolutely love my name. It is so unique; I have only met 2 other women named Lana in person. I have always enjoyed being the only Lana in my entire school, workplace, etc.

When I was in elementary school people did do the backwards name thing that was mentioned in another post, but nobody knew what anal meant at that age and actually pronounced it as "ah-nul". In high school I did hear a couple of jokes about it, but that faded away within days and I never heard someone joke about it again.

The only thing I would caution about Lana is the pronunciation. My name is pronounced as "Lah-nuh", and more often than not people pronounce it as "Lay-nuh" when first meeting me. Also, people I meet for the first time always have to ask me how to pronounce my name. I don't mind being asked that, but there are a lot of people that mispronounce my name even after I tell them how to say it. That can get annoying.

In short, Lana is a very beautiful and unique name that I'm proud to have. Don't worry about what it is spelled backwards, but do keep in mind that people can struggle to pronounce it correctly.
-- Lana92  7/18/2014
I don't like this name. It doesn't look or sound pretty. The backwards spelling is plain awful.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2014
Actually, I've changed my mind about the name Lana. I now realise how pretty this name does sound! I think I can get over the backwards spelling. Xo :)
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2015
My name is Lana... I love my name. As a child no one ever teased me about the "anal" thing until my close friends realized as we got older, and we would joke about it. All in good fun, lol. I didn't appreciate my name as a child and wished to change it until I was in my teens and realized the importance of it. My aunt, whose name was Lana, was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 18, a year later my mom got pregnant with me and shortly after that her dad (my grandfather) passed away. He told her while still alive that she should name me Lana. So there's my story :) I love my unique & meaningful name. I always get compliments on my name too!
-- Lana83  9/9/2014
First Lana makes me think of "anal" backwards, then it makes me think of the character Lana Kane on the TV show Archer. If it makes any Lanas feel better about the Lana-anal thing, there was a famous American figure skater named Suna Murray, and there's a Japanese manga writer named Sesuna Mikabe.
-- Anonymous User  11/10/2014
Lana Arwen Lazar is a character in the 'Gone' novel series by Michael Grant.
-- NamesInterestMe  11/20/2014
My name is Lana (as in law or iguana) and I get tons of compliments on it... mostly people say it's a gorgeous or beautiful name not a name that is pretty or cute. It is an unusual name and not many people have it. It is pronounced wrong at times which drives me crazy, but I just politely correct. As for the name spelled backwards, not once has anyone mentioned that to me.
-- joanhull  11/28/2014
My name is Lana so you guys need to respect that... I love my name and I don't care what it spells backward.. don't be dumb and talk about someone else's name because I love my name. People always tell me my name is wonderful and gorgeous and pretty, so all of you guys need to get a life. If you don't like my name or think it stupid, why even look up what it means or take your time to comment?
-- Anonymous User  2/12/2015
Many names are words spelled backwards: Pam, Don, Mia, Lee, Emil, Marc, Liam, Kramer, Dennis. It would be hard for people NOT to notice what Lana spells backwards, but that shouldn't bother anyone named Lana. However, if it bothers you so much that you're leaving profanity-filled anonymous comments on public name discussion boards because you can't stand anyone discussing your name, then you might want to change it, or at least get a sense of humor.
-- MKemmel  2/14/2015
Lana Clarkson was an American actress and model who starred in movies such as "Deathstalker" and "Barbarian Queen." She was fatally shot by music producer Phil Spector in 2003.
-- MKemmel  2/14/2015
The name Lana is a perfect name for anyone who thinks that they should name their little girl (or boy even!) Lana
-- TinyLittleOboe  2/23/2015
Lana is very pretty. The whole 'anal' thing is completely lame.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2015
Lana Del Rey.
-- Anonymous User  7/30/2015
Yep, I hate my name.
-- lanaelaine  8/10/2015
I am having a little girl soon and I am stuck between Autumn Quinn and Launa Jane. I like the name Lana but I thought it may be hard on her with people saying lane-a instead of lawn-a. I like that it comes from Russian and means light. But I love both names so much that I can't decide... anyone want to help sway me please!?
-- TonyaRennay44  8/30/2015
Um, everyone that is saying Lana backwards is anal and that it effects children, MY NAME IS LANA AND WHEN I FOUND THAT OUT I WAS NEVER MAD AND I WAS LIKE IN 3RD GRADE!
All of my family says it's beautiful and it's not popular. Most people call me Luna by mistake or Laina or even Lina but I don't care. I love my name and you are all just haters! By the way everyone who tries to cheers us Lanas up with famous people, us Lanas don't care about some faumos people.
-- XxEpicGirl515  2/21/2016
Lana Kane is one of the main characters on Archer.
-- Anonymous User  3/16/2016
I just named my daughter Lahna and I've gotten lots of compliments... most people immediately associate it with Superman. I love it because it's not very popular and the spelling is actually the name of a fish. I had a list of names I loved but I still kept coming back to this one and I love it.
-- Anonymous User  4/14/2016
My name is Lana... Surprisingly, for the 38 years of my life, I was never teased about the spelling of my name backwards... As for different pronunciations, I get that. My paternal family pronounce my name as Laina. I am called Lanay, Lena, Lura, Luna, & Laurna. I answer to all :-)
-- Ladybug723  4/23/2016
Very popular in France.
-- cutenose  5/13/2016

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