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See also: yana, yaña, þana, and ya na


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Cognate to English Jane, ultimately from Hebrew, feminine form of Ioannes ( =John).


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name. A romanization of the Bulgarian or Russian name Яна (Jána).
  2. A river in Sakha (Yakutia), Russia that rises near Verkhoyansk and flows into the Yana Bay of the Laptev Sea.
  3. A member of a North American Indian people who once resided in the eastern portion of the upper Sacramento River valley in California.
  4. The now extinct Hokan language of the Yana, best known for a systematic differentiation between men's and women's speech.

Usage notes[edit]

  • When used to refer to the Native American Indian people or language, the plural of Yana is used especially collectively. When used to refer to a single member of the people, the plural is always Yana.