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Dana (pronounced DAY-NA)is a character in the book "Linked", by Gordan Korman.
Spanish pronunciation: DA-na.
Also used in Spanish. There are 1.997 bearers of this name in Spain (source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística).

https://www.conmishijos.com/nombres/dana/
https://www.heraldicafamiliar.com/nombre-dana/
https://www.misabueso.com/nombres/nombre_dana.html
Danu, or Dana, in Celtic religion, the earth-mother goddess or female principle, who was honoured under various names from eastern Europe to Ireland. The mythology that surrounded her was contradictory and confused; mother goddesses of earlier peoples were ultimately identified with her, as were many goddesses of the Celts themselves. Possibly a goddess of fertility, of wisdom, and of wind, she was believed to have suckled the gods. Her name was borne by the legendary Tuatha Dé Danann (“People of the Goddess Danu”), the Irish company of gods, who may be considered either as distinct individuals or as extensions of the goddess and who survive in Irish lore as the fairy folk, skilled in magic.
Dana is also Latvian and Polish. The name days for Dana in Latvia are April 8 and April 18.

Sources: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danielle
https://forebears.io/forenames/dana
Dana sounds awful on a boy. Very pretty and feminine on a girl though.
I like it. This pronunciation seems better for men than Dana with the long A sound.
Also Slovene: https://sl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana
Unisex name. I don't care for it for either. Basic and feels dated.
Seriously, this couldn't ever possibly be considered a boy's name. As in EVER.
Also Sorbian.
Dana International (real name Sharon Cohen) is an Israeli singer who represented her country in 1998 and 2011 with the songs "Diva" (1998) and "Ding Dong" (2011) In 1998, she won the whole show bringing the show to Israel the next year. However in 2011, she did not make it past the semi final.
Aaliyah Haughton's middle name was Dana.
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.
I don't care for this name for a boy or girl. It always reminds me of that child star who was hooked on drugs. Most of the people I know with this name are trash.
All the girls I knew named Dana were like Dana Plato in more ways than one. The boys named Dana were usually effeminate and got made fun of in the schoolyard.
I have chosen to go by Dana (I pronounce it day na) which is my middle name. I love it!
Okay, it is pronounced DAH-naa not dayna. And the name is dutch, just saying.
This is such an ugly name that reminds me of a caveman.
In Persian Dana (دانا) (pronounced DAA-naa) means "wise".
I like this name a lot pronounced as DAH-nah, it is like an alternative to the overused Donna. I think I will name a book character this. I don't like it pronounced DAY-na, that to me is a last name (Any one else remember the Dana Girls Mysteries?)
Dana Wynter (pronounced DAH-na), born Dagmar Winter, is a German-born, British-raised U.S. actress.
Also used in South Africa as a strictly masculine nickname for Daniel, and pronounced DAH-nah.
Dana is also used in Hebrew.
I was ALMOST named Dana (Dana For A Day, my mom always says) and I wish I had been. Instead, I got stuck with Megan, which is overly popular and I hate it, a lot. I'd much rather be named Dana, it's very pretty and I don't know anybody who goes by it.
I really hate this name for a guy.
It's not a Polish name at all. There's "Dania" which is the diminutive form for "Danuta" but Dana and Dania are quite distinct and not at all the interchangeable.
The pronunciation written here works for Czech, too. [noted -ed]
One famous Czech bearer is Dana Zátopková, athlete, who won on the Olympic games in Helsinki 1952 - just like her husband, Emil Zátopek, did.
'La tribu de Dana' is a song by Manau.
Dana is a feminine Bulgarian name too. It is also used as a short form of Bogdana. [noted -ed]
Dana, for a girl, was used more during the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Dana here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
Dana Foster is character´s name from the TV series "Step by Step". She played by Staci Keanan.
Dana Scallon represented Ireland with "All Kinds of Everything" in 1970 and won the Eurovision Song Contest. She had a couple of more hits throughout the 1970s.
A famous bearer is also late Dana Hill, star of "European Vacation (1985)" with Chevy Chase.
Dana Barrett is a character, played by Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters amd Ghostbusters 2.
I think this is a very nice name, delicate but not weak. To me personally, I find this name too feminine for a boy.
This isn't short form of Polish "Bogdana". We don't use that name.
Dana's Valley is a book by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. It's about a girl named Erin and her sister's name is Dana.
Dana Scully is the name of the female agent played by Gillian Anderson on the TV show The X Files.

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