Albanian, Arabic, Female, Hebrew, J names, Mythology, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Swahili, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Jana is a multicultural name with several possible meanings:

  • it is the Latinized form of Jane, the feminine form of John which comes from Hebrew male name Yochanan meaning “Yahweh is gracious”;
  • Jana is also the Czech, Slovak, Dutch, German, Slovene, and Catalan feminine form of Jana variant form of Johannes which also derives from John;
  •  it’s also the Serbian and Croatian form of Ana, a form of Anna which is the Latinate form of Hannah which comes from the Hebrew name Channah meaning “grace” or “favor”;
  • Jana is a Swahili word meaning “yesterday”;
  • Jana is also the name of a minor goddess in Roman mythology and the wife of Janus, the Roman god of doorways, gates, beginnings, and transitions, so Jana could quite possibly be a feminine form of Janus. The names comes from Latin ianus meaning “archway, arcade; covered passageway” from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (to go). Jana has also been equated with the goddess Diana;
  • it’s also possible that the name comes from Arabic root j-n-n meaning “garden; paradise, heaven”, also spelled Jannah (جنّة) as well as also being similar to an Arabic word meaning “reap, gather, earn” (جنى);
  • Jana may also be a nickame for Jehona, an Albanian female name meaning “echo”.

Jana is pronounced as ya-na or ja-na

Origin: Hebrew, Swahili, Proto-Indo-European, Arabic, Albanian




  • Janna (Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, English)


Male forms:

  • Jan (Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Polish, Slovene, German, Catalan)


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