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Gender: F Meaning of Sanaa: "shining light" Origin of Sanaa: African, Swahili

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.

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Famous People Named Sanaa

Sanaa McCoy Lathan, American actress
Sanaa Gamil (born Thoraya Youssef Atallah), Egyptian actress
Sanaa Hamri, Moroccan-American film director
Sanaa Bhambri, Indian tennis player
Sanaa Ismail Hamed, Miss Egypt World 2008
Amirah Sanaa O'Neal (b. 2001), daughter of basketball player Shaquille O'Neal

Pop Culture References for the name Sanaa

Sana'a, capital of Yemen