Swahili; Arabic
"work of art; shining light"

Sanaa Origin and Meaning

The name Sanaa is a girl's name of Swahili, African origin meaning "work of art; shining light".

Simple-yet-unusual name with a creative meaning. Actress Sanaa Lathan promoted it, and it was on the U.S. popularity list from 2003 to 2011. Shaquille O'Neal used it as the middle name of his daughter Amirah. And spelled Sana'a, it's the capital of Yemen.

Sanne, a popular name in the Netherlands, has a similar feel, as does Sana. Sana'a is also a place name, being the capital of Yemen.

# 897 in the US

Sanaa Rank in US Top 1000

Sanaa Popularity

Famous People Named Sanaa

  • Sonal "Sanaa" Chappelledaughter of comedian Dave Chappelle
  • Sanaa McCoy LathanAmerican actress
  • Sanaa Gamil (born Thoraya Youssef Atallah)Egyptian actress
  • Sanaa HamriMoroccan,American film director
  • Sanaa BhambriIndian tennis player
  • Sanaa Ismail HamedMiss Egypt World 2008
  • Amirah Sanaa O'Neal (b. 2001)daughter of basketball player Shaquille O'Neal
  • Sanaa aka SananasFrench,Moroccan YouTuber