Gender: Female Meaning of Sanaa: "work of art; shining light" Origin of Sanaa: Swahili; Arabic

Sanaa Origin and Meaning

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

Simple-yet-exotic 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.

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PeetaBread Says:


It sounds like what a toddler might call Santa... ^-^