Dana Family History
Dana Name Meaning
Probably an altered form of English Dawney or Dawnay (see Dawn ) cognates of French Daunay (see Donais ). Czech and Slovak (Daňa); Polish and Hungarian: from a short form of the personal name Daniel (Hungarian Dániel) or perhaps from a short form of any of various Slavic compound personal names formed with the element dan ‘given’ for example Czech Danomír and Bohdan Polish Bogdan . Albanian: nickname or metonymic occupational name from danë (definite form dana) ‘pincers’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press