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I love the meaning of this name. You hardly ever hear this name too. It's a shame because it is so beautiful!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
The nickname of "Shay" would be awesome too!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
Pronounced shy-nah, shay-nah.
Miss Claire  7/30/2006
Shayna appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1980's. Its most popular year was the 1990's where it ranked 449.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
I like this name very much. It has a soft sound, to go along with a nice meaning. It is also uncommon without being too out there.
YMPvt  3/4/2007
Beautiful. Why isn't this name more common?
― Anonymous User  7/9/2007
Please note that the Hebrew/Yiddish spelling for "Shayna" is incorrect in this listing. The second and third letters should be the Hebrew letter "yod". Currently, they are the Hebrew letter "vav". [noted -ed]
DovEphraim  10/10/2007
Shayna. Mmm, that name makes me smile. It's like being on a beach with your friends on a warm summer day!
EllyKash  11/1/2008
This is my name. When I was a child, I wasn't too fond of it, because it was mispronounced constantly. I'd get things like "shuh-NAY" and "SHAN-nuh" or people would give up entirely and say Shannon! Now, I don't know if it's because more people have heard of it or what, but mispronunciations are very rare. I go more by the nickname Shay these days (I love that it means admirable and hawk-like in Irish!), but I still love my full name. It's just the right balance between formal and casual, pretty, and uncommon, but not unheard of.
ShayHawk  11/4/2008
I find this name to be absolutely beautiful, and I for one am glad it is not as common a Hebrew name as, say, Sarah. It's simple, yet stunning--and honestly shouldn't be that hard to pronounce.

I recently stumbled upon the (possibly "created") name Shaiya, which could be related to the Hebrew name Shai. I think that Shaiya and Shayna would make great twin names.
erb816  4/11/2009
Shayna is not Hebrew, it's Yiddish. There is a huge misconception that since this is a Jewish name then that would make it Hebrew. The Hebrew equivalent for Shayna is Yaffa.

Yiddish is a Germanic language, spoken by Jews in central and Eastern Europe and Shayna has more in common with the modern German word for beautiful (schon) then it does with any Hebrew word.

Other spellings include the Polish Szejna and the nicknames Szejnusia (Polish) Shaynusha (Russian) Szejnka (Polish), and Sonia is sometimes used as a nickname among Russian Jews. Among Russian Jews, Sofiya is sometimes used as the Russian equivalent, even if Sofiya has no etymological relation with Shayna whatsoever.
Shaymin  11/11/2009
I really, really don't like this name. I know it has a legitimate meaning, but it has a really made up feel to it.
Chrila96  10/24/2010
Shayna is a beautiful name, I like this name a lot.
Missy125  3/12/2011
I love the name, it's my name, it's unique and uncommon. I meet another Shaena (this the way my mother choose to spell) about every seven years. I'm 25 years old now, I met three and we were so excited that some else has our name lol. I love it if someone calls my name I am almost certain they're talking to me. So nice not to be named Jennifer or Tiffany. I feel like I'm kinda like 1 in a million a needle in a haystack in a good way though I feel free :)
SHAENA86  7/2/2012
Reading these comments made me really happy! I feel like I should go thank my mom for my name.
Shayna7383  8/15/2014
(Presuming this is pronounced SHAY - NA) I heard this on tv and was like WOW. I hadn't realized what a beautiful name it was.
fugfacedmermaid  12/27/2014
I don't understand how this name can be mispronounced. Its Shay-na. Very simple. If I didn't have an ex named Shane, this would definitely be a top contender for me.
wbbuff  4/15/2015
I'm really thinking about nice baby names! For either, since I'm in question. But my husband is from the Hassidic community and he likes all these like gross names like Shlomo and Yenta, lol. I hate all Hassidic names usually because they just sound ancient and European. But the name Shaina is actually pretty! So I'm thinking about this one.
Brachalicious  5/13/2015
It means nice/ beautiful.
Brachalicious  5/13/2015
Well, funny. This is my name! I have always loved this name. The meaning alone is beautiful :) but there are a few issues: so many people don't say my name right. They say Shauna, shanna, shyanne,... or people would give up and make up a name close to mine. Yet, I still love my name! It's soft and loveable, and don't forget it's adorable!
LilAngelXOXO995  3/28/2016
The name Shayna was given to 121 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
The name Shayna is also a Sanskrit name that also means beautiful. It does not belong to just one culture.
shaymi1013  10/7/2016
I named my daughter Shayna Marie. Her father's middle name is Shane and mine is Marie.
We wanted to come up with something that has meaning to it and Shayna is the perfect name. We could not have picked a better name for our little princess! I did not ever hear the mane Shayna before we named her that and since then I have heard it multiple times! The name is still mispronounced quite often for us or spelled wrong by many! It does have a soft feel when saying it.
We call her shay bug! Her brothers and sisters call her shay shay! Everybody just adores her
I never looked up the name's meaning till after she was born so god knew it would fit her perfect we was going to name her Shane but my mother was rambling on about names Shanna and Shanne then stumbled on to Shayna and I fell in love and we picked that beautiful name! (My mom says she would get made fun of for the name Shane but I love that name for a girl, it's beautiful) but couldn't be happier that we choose Shayna instead!
Shaynamommy2011  10/24/2016
Shayna is a feminine given name of multiple origins. The pronunciation of the name varies depending upon the context and source.

According to Bruce Lansky, Shayna occurs as a familiar diminutive or form of Shannon, a Gaelic name, meaning "small and wise." It relates to the longest river in Ireland, the Shannon, which earned its namesake from Celtic goddess Sionna, who sought the enchanted hazelnuts of wisdom. Legends vary about the creation of the river, but they all recount the drowning of the Sionna, granddaughter of the great sea god Lir, usually at an undersea well. Some derive the denomination of the name Shannon, known by the Irish as Sionnain, from the phrase sean-amhan or "old river." An alternate spelling for Shayna is Shana.

Beyond its Irish roots, Shayna is also often used as a nickname for Shoshana, an ancient form of Susannah, and means "lily" or "rose" in Hebrew. The name Shaina, sometimes spelled Shayna or Shana, is of Yiddish origin, and implies "beautiful."
shayna_swift  1/28/2017
In 2015 the rare name Shayna, ranked the 1, 727th Most Popular Girls Name in the United States. This once, top 1000 name, Shayna is currently less popular. Its highest popularity ranking of #381 was reached in 1991 with 677 occurrences. The least number of children given the name Shayna was less than 5, most recently in 1960. Shayna, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1962-1970, 1971-1977, and 1980-1988, whereas 2009-2012 were years of successive downward movement. Sometimes the name Shayna has been more popular as a girl's name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boy's. For a number of years, the name Shayna has been spiraling downward in popularity, continuing the trend, the number of children named Shayna lately has dropped. Shayna's popularity is at a very low point when measured against its most notable year. The name Shayna is still rare and will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.
cutenose  3/11/2017
In England and Wales, Shayna was given to 13 girls in 2015 and was at 2070th place, though the year Shayna was most used was back in 2007, when 35 girls were named Shayna and it placed among the top 1000s at 987th place.
cutenose  3/11/2017
My granddaughter is named Shayna. We call her Shay for short.
kellyg18  4/3/2017
Shayna Baszler is a wrestler and UFC fighter.
thezenithofnadir  2/27/2018

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