Short form of Alana, or from Russian Лана (Lana), diminutive of several names including Светла́на (Svetlána).
- A female given name.
- 1942 Irving Wallace, The Loves of Lana Turner, Liberty magazine, September 5, 1942:
- Mervyn LeRoy, the boyish cigar-smoking director who signed her, didn't like her name Julia. So she thought awhile and said, "What about Lana?" For no reason at all it became Lana - pronounced Lah-nah.