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Dana Family History

Dana Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. There has been much speculation about the origins of this famous American family name. The most plausible theory is that it is a Huguenot name, a variant of D’Aunay, from any of several places in France called Aunay. However, the name acquired an Irish flavor, being associated, probably erroneously, with a Gaelic forename likewise spelled Dana. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Dániel (see Daniel). Czech and Slovak (Dana); also Polish: from the personal name Daniel, or perhaps from a short form of any of the various Old Slavic compound personal names formed with -dan, for example Bogdan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Dano, Dane, Dona, Dann, Danca, Rana, Data, Wang, Vana, Danz

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You can see how Dana families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dana family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dana families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Dana families living in Massachusetts. This was about 21% of all the recorded Dana's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Dana families in 1840.
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What did your Dana ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dana. 15% of Dana men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Dana women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dana were Clerk and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Dana. For the veterans among your Dana ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dana lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Dana life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dana in 1945 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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