Lana

Lana is an Arabic female name deriving from a root word meaning “soft, tender, gentle”. It’s also a short form of names like Svetlana, a Slavic female name meaning “light” from Slavic svet (light), or Alana, feminine form of Alan, a Celtic name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to meaning either “little rock” or “handsome” though it might also be related to Alaunus, a Gaulish god of healing and prophecy whose name could be related to Proto-Celtic *al(aun) meaning “nourishing” or *alo meaning “feed, raise, nurture” or possibly meaning “shining one”.

Lana is also a Hawaiian name meaning “calm as still waters” or “afloat”.

Origin: Arabic, Slavic, Celtic, Hawaiian

 

لانا (Arabic)

 

Neva

Neva is a short form of Geneva, which itself could be a short form of Genevieve derived from a medieval name, Genovefa, which is of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Germanic elements kuni (kin, family) and wefa (wife, woman). It might also be derived from Gaulish, composed of Celtic genos (kin, family) with an unknown element.

Geneva is also the name of a city in Switzerland (also spelled Genava in Latin) which might be derived from Celtic genu meaning “bend, knee” or “mouth” referring to an estuary or a bending river.

Neva is also the name of a river that runs from Russia to the Gulf of Finland. The name could be derived from Finnish nevo meaning “sea” though I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Finnish neva meaning “marsh”. Another possible origin is Swedish ny from Old Norse nýr meaning “new”.

As well as being a given name, Neva is also a Finnish surname, referring to someone who lived near a marsh or a bog.

Origin: Germanic, Gaulish, Finnish, Old Norse