PRONOUNCED: loo-AN-ə (English), LWA-na (Italian) [details]
Meaning & History
From the movie 'Bird of Paradise' (1932), in which it was borne by the main character, a Polynesian girl. The movie was based on a 1912 play of the same name set in Hawaii.
Sources & References
- Patrick Hanks & Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of First Names (1990)