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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

Similar surnames: Dano, Dane, Dona, Dann, Danca, Rana, Data, Wang, Vana, Danz

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You can see how Dana families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dana family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dana families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 22 Dana families living in London. This was about 33% of all the recorded Dana's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dana families in 1891.
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What did your Dana ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Dana. 70% of Dana women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife (unpaid)
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Dana lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Dana life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dana in 1945 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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