Dana Family History

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Dana Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. There has been much speculation about the origins of this famous American family name. The most plausible theory is that it is a Huguenot name, a variant of D’Aunay, from any of several places in France called Aunay. However, the name acquired an Irish flavor, being associated, probably erroneously, with a Gaelic forename likewise spelled Dana. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Dániel (see Daniel). Czech and Slovak (Dana); also Polish: from the personal name Daniel, or perhaps from a short form of any of the various Old Slavic compound personal names formed with -dan, for example Bogdan.

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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Dana Family Origin

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Dana Family Occupations

What did your Dana ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dana occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 20% of Dana's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Boilersmith and Charwoman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dana. A less common occupation for the Dana family was Cotton Spinner.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Boilersmith

  • Charwoman

  • Cotton Spinner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dana ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dana Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Dana. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dana census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Dana. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Dana. For the veterans among your Dana ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dana Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dana ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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