Gender: Female Meaning of Alana: "handsome, cheerful" Origin of Alana: Irish, feminine variation of Alan Alana's Popularity in 2019: #232

Alana Origin and Meaning

The name Alana is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "handsome, cheerful".

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.

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Rank in US: #232

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KianaM Says:


It can be thought of as a feminine form of Alan but it also means "awakening, rising up, coming forward" in Hawaiian.

Alana_ Says:


This is my name and I pronounce if “A-la-na”. I love my name

beachbear Says:


1. I like this name.
2. I can't decide if it's pronounced "a-LANN-a", "a-LONN-a", or "a-LANE-a".
3. It reminds me of Atlanta.

alextheindigo Says:


Kind of a generic "pretty" name. I don't really picture anything.

abertawe Says:


I've only heard it a-LAN-a. LAN rhyming with fan.

Lola Says:


I have always heard it pronounced Uh-Lahn-Uh

Zelliew Says:


A pretty name

wavygirl Says:


Alaina is nicer.

Bubbles126 Says:


That's my name but it's spelled Alanna and pronounced A-lan-na. Lol i hate it cuz people say it or write it wrong.

madmaddie Says:


I prefer it said like Lana with an ‘a’ tacked on at the that the right way to pronounce it?