Dana Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. There has been much speculation about the origins of this famous American family name. The most plausible theory is that it is a Huguenot name, a variant of D’Aunay, from any of several places in France called Aunay. However, the name acquired an Irish flavor, being associated, probably erroneously, with a Gaelic forename likewise spelled Dana. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Dániel (see Daniel). Czech and Slovak (Dana); also Polish: from the personal name Daniel, or perhaps from a short form of any of the various Old Slavic compound personal names formed with -dan, for example Bogdan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Dano, Dane, Dona, Dann, Danca, Rana, Data, Wang, Vana, Danz

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Dana Family Origin

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Dana Family Occupations

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  • Accountant

    20%
  • Book Keeper

    20%
  • Farmer

    20%
  • Labourer

    20%

In 1881, the most common Dana occupation in Canada was Accountant. 20% of Dana's were Accountants. Accountant, Book Keeper and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dana. A less common occupation for the Dana family was Labourer.

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Between 1945 and 2004, Dana life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dana in 1945 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dana

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