Feminization of Alan, Irish; variation of Ilana, Hebrew; Gaelic; Hawaiian
"handsome, rock; oak tree; child; awakening"

Alana Origin and Meaning

The name Alana is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "handsome, rock; oak tree; child; awakening".

Alana, in all its various spellings, was at one time reserved for daughters of dads named Alan, but is now much more widespread. It came into prominence via model/actress/celeb spouse Alana Hamilton Stewart.

While Alana is by far the most popular spelling, the name can also be spelled Alanna and Alannah, as in musician Alannah Myles. The variation Alanis (via singer Alanis Morissette (daughter of an Alan) sounds a bit more original, as does the Hawaiian Alani, now in the Top 500. Alaina is another popular variation.

Alana is a Hawaiian word meaning "awakening," and the variation Alannah is a Gaelic term of endearment for a child.

# 184 in the US

Alana Rank in US Top 1000

# 349 on Nameberry

Alana Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Alana Popularity

Famous People Named Alana

  • Alana Rene BlanchardAmerican surfer
  • Alana ZimmerCanadian model
  • Alana de la GarzaAmerican actress
  • Alana Frances "Honey Boo Boo" ThompsonAmerican reality TV personality ("Toddlers and Tiaras" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo")
  • Alana AustinAmerican actress
  • Alana Mychal HaimAmerican musician of sister band Haim
  • Alana BeardAmerican pro basketball player
  • Alana Camposmodel, actress & Playboy Playmate
  • Alana DavisAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Alana StewartAmerican model, actress and reality TV personality ("I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!")
  • Alana Olga BlahoskiAmerican Olympic gold medal winning ice hockey player
  • Alana Ladd Jacksondaughter of actors Sue Carol and Alan Ladd
  • Alana Freedlate daughter of radio personality Alan Freed
  • Alana Youngdaughter of country singer Faron Young
  • Alana Leslie (b. 1997)daughter of pro wrestler Brutus Beefcake
  • Alana Florido (b. 2012)daughter of beauty queen Valeska Saab and Nicolás Florido
  • Alana Martina dos Santos Aveirodaughter of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and model Georgina Rodriguez

Alana in Pop Culture

  • AlanaAriel's sister in Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
  • Alana Millscharacter in TV's "Step by Step"
  • Alana Bloomcharacter in TV's "Hannibal"
  • Alanacharacter in "Partholon"
  • Alanacharacter in the "Saga"
  • Alana Beckcharacter in the musical/book Dear Evan Hansen