Gender Feminine & Masculine
Pronounced Pron. /san.ˈ American Spanish) /sɐ̃.ˈtɐ.nɐ/(Brazilian Portuguese) /sæn.ˈtæn.ə/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

From a contraction of Santa Ana (referring to Saint Anna) or from a Spanish and Portuguese surname derived from any of the numerous places named for the saint. It can be given in honour of the Mexican-American musician Carlos Santana (1947-), the founder of the band Santana. The name received a boost in popularity for American girls after the character Santana Andrade began appearing on the soap opera Santa Barbara in 1984.

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Entry updated April 23, 2024