Jana

Meaning and origin

Jana is a Czechoslovakian girl name. The meaning of the name is God's Gracious Gift.



Where is it used?

The name Jana is mainly used in Dutch, Polish and in Czech.

How do they say it elsewhere?

Evan (In Welsh and in English)
Johannes (In German, Dutch, Scandinavian and in Late Roman)
Jack (In English)


For the opposite sex use:

In Russian, Czech, Serbian and in Croatian: Ivan (M)
In Greek: Ioannes (M)
In English and in the bible: John (M)


See also

In Welsh: Iefan
In Welsh: Ifan (M)
In Welsh: Siôn
In Welsh: Ieuan
In Swedish and in Icelandic: Jon
In Spanish: Juan
In Slovene: Janez
In Serbian: Jovan
In Scottish and in English: Ian
In Scottish: Iain
In Russian: Ioann
In Romanian and in Bulgarian: Ioan
In Romanian and in Bulgarian: Ioana
In Romanian: Iancu
In Romanian: Ionel
In Romanian: Ionela
In Portuguese: João
In Polish: Iwan
In Norwegian and in English: Jonette
In Manx: Ean
In Lithuanian: Jonas
In Latvian: Janis
In Italian: Giovanna
In Irish and in Scottish: Eoin
In Irish: Sean
In Hungarian: János
In Hawaiian: Keoni
In Greek: Ioannis
In Greek: Yannis
In Galician: Xoán
In Finnish and in Hungarian: Jani
In Finnish: Juhana
In Finnish: Juha
In Finnish: Joni
In Finnish: Jouni
In Finnish: Hannu
In Finnish: Juhani
In Finnish: Juho
In Finnish: Jussi
In Finnish: Jukka
In Esperanto: Jochjo
In Esperanto: Johano
In English: Hank (M)
In English: Jonie
In English: Johnnie
In English: Johnie
In English: Johnny
In English: Jan
In English: Jonelle
In Dutch, Scandinavian, Czech and in Polish: Jan
In Danish: Jens
In Cornish: Jowan
In Catalan: Joan
In Breton and in French: Yann
In the bible (Original): Yehochanan
In Basque and in Romanian: Ion
Alternative meanings ( ) Also God's Gracious Gift in Polish and Dutch (Arabic) Harvest of Fruit

What Jana`s say about their name

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's pretty unique and it has various meanings around the world.

The worst thing about the name:
I'm somewhat irked that it is only 4 letters long. But, hey, what can I do? I only wish that my name could have been at least 5 letters long.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
It could be an Emily or Brittany ... but I'm glad it's Jana

Extra information:
I'm happy that it relates to my heritage! My parents didn't even know that it did until I found that out when I was searching my name. Also, I was glad to find out that it had a connection to Roman Mythology, (I love any sort of Mythology), but Jana was a name that Diana, Goddess of the hunt, moon, wild animals, childbirth, virginity and protector of young girls, was often called by.

The best thing about the name Jana:
where I come from, It translates to honey, or harvest...must mean i'm sweet:)

The worst thing about the name:
It's a magic word, only my mommy can say

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
My life would be easier by 20%

Extra information:
oh! the wonderful thing about Janas...is Janas are wonderful things!! they're bouncy flouncy trouncy pouncy FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN!!! but the most wonderful thing about Janas is I'm the only one!!! I'm the only one!!!

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's pretty

The worst thing about the name:
Very common amongst the Czechs...often butchers by anyone that isn't Czech, Polish, German, Serb, Croat etc

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
Something that can be universally pronounced

The best thing about the name Jana:
That it's rare to come by. It's cute and snappy. Every other Jana or a variant of it that I've met eg. Bojana, Lilijana etc that I've met is super cool.

The worst thing about the name:
Often people attempt to pronounce the J as a J rather then a Y sound...I get a lot of Jay-nah, Jan-ah, Ja-nah rather then Yah-na.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
Not sure, when I was younger I probably would have said something like Celeste...Cindy...Alicia...and now I really don't know??!

Extra information:
As confusing as the name Jana can be to strangers, it's always interesting to hear how others go about pronouncing it particularly the non Slavic people I meet.

The best thing about the name Jana:
its unique and simple name of all.

The worst thing about the name:
they only call me jan for short they dont complete it anymore..

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
i may be named leriz only

The best thing about the name Jana:
really uncomon

The worst thing about the name:
being mispronounced all the time. i pronounce it jay-nuh. subs will say jan-uh and i hate it that way.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
i would've like jayna more than jana because then people would know how to say it.

The best thing about the name Jana:
AGE 9- It's unique and different.

The worst thing about the name:
Well at my school... all the subs or people that don't know me call me Jan-ah or Jay-Ah.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
it would Skyler. (mom says really?!) or Nicole.

Extra information:
We like entry #4... my mom's name is LORA!!!:)

The best thing about the name Jana:
It sets me apart from other's I feel not so common

The worst thing about the name:
Being called Yana or Jenna

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
It could've been Holly

Extra information:
I love the name, my parents rock for giving me the name :)

The best thing about the name Jana:
My name is Jana

The worst thing about the name:
People call me , Yana

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I would like to be called either Loretta or Filippa

Extra information:
I love jana.

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's really unusual which makes it amazing because it's different to every Jack or Holly.

The worst thing about the name:
The mis-pronounciation from practically everybody, except a few special individuals whose knowledge isn't that limited.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I would want it to be something gothic, like Wynter or Isolabella.

Extra information:
I would change the meaning of it to something more universal and feminine.

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's different without being weird

The worst thing about the name:
Listening to people butcher the pronunciation... then having to explain where the name comes from.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
Lora

Extra information:
I pronounce it 'jay-nah'

The best thing about the name Jana:
i love my name!!I am gift of God! You can also call me Janka,Jani,Janinka, Janica, Janicka, Janulka, Janula, Janulik, Janusa, Januska, Janus,Janca...

The worst thing about the name:
none

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's a really nice name, with nice sound and ability to be shaped into many forms. All the Janas I know are really cool and loving people, including my best friend, who also happens to be named Jana

The worst thing about the name:
There isn't one :)

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I'd like to be Rose

Extra information:
The name Jana rocks!!

The best thing about the name Jana:
I have yet o meet any other Janas.

The worst thing about the name:
NO ONE ges it right on the first try.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I would want a weirder name like Paisley or Lilac.

Extra information:
I'm not a big fan of the meaning

The best thing about the name Jana:
You can make great nicknames out of it - I love Janka the best.

The worst thing about the name:
The fact that English-speaking people only rarely pronounce it correctly.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I'd be named Paulina - my father told me that.

Extra information:
It sounds really good when my English & Scottish friends pronounce it in the correct way - their accents give it a nice sound.

The best thing about the name Jana:
The meaning his very good and the name is not popular and its a very nice name.

The worst thing about the name:
Some people pronounce it wrong.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
i dont have an answer for that question cause i love the name thanks.

Extra information:
just to say thank you.

The best thing about the name Jana:
its unique and has a good meaning---God is gracious

The worst thing about the name:
being mistaken for Shanna, Jena, Janet etc

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I would be a boy!

Extra information:
I haven't met an ugly Jana yet.

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's unique and feminine.

The worst thing about the name:
People think I'm saying Janet or Jenna.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I'm not sure-my mom thought she made it up.

Extra information:
I like telling Slavic clients my name and then explaining I'm not Czech. I also love to hear them say it their way.

The best thing about the name Jana:
Very unique here in the States.

The worst thing about the name:
People always hear it as Janet or Jenna. Could never find stuff with my name on it as a kid.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
My parents picked Jana days before I was born - before that I was to be named Heather. I like Jana better.

Extra information:
It rhymes with Banana.

The best thing about the name Jana:
terrible name. Slut name. Woman who has no dignity

The best thing about the name Jana:
you can´t form stupid nicknames out of it

The worst thing about the name:
i know around 5 girls that are called jana- it´s not unique in germany !!

Extra information:
often used in middle and eastern europe- for example germany ;-)

The best thing about the name Jana:
It's short, sweet, easy and feminine.

The worst thing about the name:
People think I'm saying Janet.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
I would like to be called Leah

Extra information:
I love my name!

The best thing about the name Jana:
not hear much

The worst thing about the name:
have to spell it all the time

The best thing about the name Jana:
My name is unique, but not too weird.

The worst thing about the name:
Sometimes people mispronounce my name.

If my name wasn`t Jana....:
My life would not have been different withou the name Jana.

Extra information:
I love my name.

The best thing about the name Jana:
my name is jana and it's unique

The worst thing about the name:
ppl call me jena or mis pronounce it at times

More `Jana` links

Jana as abbreviation
Actors named Jana
Jana in the encyclopedia