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fem. proper name; in U.S. little used before c.1925, then in top 100 for girls born from 1963 to 1984.


n. The virtue of generosity or giving, a form of alms.

Dana, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 171
Housing Units (2000): 65
Land area (2000): 0.219681 sq. miles (0.568972 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.219681 sq. miles (0.568972 sq. km)
FIPS code: 18485
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 40.957121 N, 88.949859 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 61321
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dana, IL
Dana, IN -- U.S. town in Indiana
Population (2000): 662
Housing Units (2000): 288
Land area (2000): 0.293512 sq. miles (0.760193 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.293512 sq. miles (0.760193 sq. km)
FIPS code: 16732
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 39.806714 N, 87.494256 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 47847
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dana, IN
Dana, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
Population (2000): 84
Housing Units (2000): 32
Land area (2000): 0.282383 sq. miles (0.731368 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.282383 sq. miles (0.731368 sq. km)
FIPS code: 18345
Located within: Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
Location: 42.106653 N, 94.240375 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 50064
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Dana, IA

Dàna is an independent online magazine in Scottish Gaelic, founded in 2014. It is run by a team of volunteers and publishes articles frequently.


Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word that connotes the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms in Indian philosophies. It has also been spelled as Daana.

In Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, dāna is the practice of cultivating generosity. It can take the form of giving to an individual in distress or need. It can also take the form of philanthropic public projects that empower and help many.

According to historical records, dāna is an ancient practice in Indian traditions, tracing back to Vedic traditions.

Dana (surname)

Dana ( or ) as a surname may have several origins. In England, it came from dann, the valley of a meadow, and it may mean the dweller of that valley. In Continental Europe, it probably came from Dane (or Danish, from Denmark). This surname is related to Danese in Italy and it can be found mostly in the Piedmont region. It may also be a modification of Huguenot French origin, probably a variant of d'Aunay, of geographical origin. It may be also a Gaelic patronymic, since it is a common forename in Ireland. Dana is a relatively common surname in the US, ranking 7161 out of 88,799 in the 1990 U.S. Census. Dana is also the Persian word for wisdom.

At least into the first half of the 19th century, many American Danas were descended or of close relatives to Richard Henry Dana (including William G. Dana), who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts around 1640.

Dana (car)

Dana was the brand name of a car built by Hakon Olsen, who had created the Maskinfabriken Dana in Copenhagen, Denmark. The car had a Peugeot air-cooled 6 hp engine and was built between 1908 and 1914 with minor modifications. The end of its (limited) production has been attributed to different company priorities after the outbreak of World War I.

Dana (given name)

Dana is a given name used for both females and males. It was among the 100 most popular names given to girls born in the United States between 1960 and 1990. It has since fallen in popularity and was ranked the 446th most popular name given to girls born in the United States in 2007. As a male forename it is well known in the United States, being in the 314th rank out of 1,219 in the 1990 U.S. Census.

The name has multiple derivations. It may come from "Dane" (from Denmark), the meaning of the common surname. It is also occasionally regarded as a feminine version of Daniel or a short version of feminine names such as Bogdana or Yordana. Dana is also an alternate spelling of the name for Danu, a Celtic fertility goddess. In Persian, the word literally means "knowledgeable", and some speculate that the name is first used as a first name in Shahnameh. It may also refer to the mountain Dana or Dena.The name is used in Persian for both female and male sexes. Dana or Danah, in Arabic, means "the most perfectly sized, valuable and beautiful pearl". This name is used mainly by Arabs of the Persian Gulf (Eastern Arabia), due to their traditional pearl diving professions wherein they gave different type of pearls names. It is used in the Arab world as a female name. In Hebrew, the name Dana means "arbiter" or "God is my judge." In Sanskrit and Pali, the word means "generosity."

Dana (South Korean singer)

Hong Sung-mi ( Hangul: 홍성미, Hanja: 洪性美, born 17 July 1986), commonly known by her stage name Dana, is a South Korean singer, musical actress and vocal coach. Although she was originally a solo singer, which debuting in 2001 and later debuted as a member of South Korean girl group The Grace in 2005.

Dana (Mirna)

Dana, proizvodnja in prodaja pijač, d. o. o. (English: Dana, the manufacture and sale of drinks) is a major Slovenian manufacturer of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. It is located in the village of Mirna in southeastern Slovenia.

The company was established as a work organization in 1952. The brand Dana was registered in 1955. At first, the company produced only alcoholic beverages. After 1970, the program was expanded with the non-alcohol beverages. Since 2005, Dana has made the majority of profit with its high-quality natural mineral water Dana. In July 2012, the company was transformed from a joint-stock company to a limited liability company. It changed its name from Dana, tovarna rastlinskih specialitet in destilacija, d.d. (English: Dana, the plant specialties factory and distillation) to Dana, proizvodnja in prodaja pijač, d.o.o. (English: Dana, the manufacture and sale of drinks).

In 2000, Dana was ISO 9001 certified. In 2009, it obtained the International Food Standard (IFS) certificate.

Usage examples of "dana".

Dana was leaning against the side wall with one shoulder, her ankles and arms crossed, a bored expression on her face.

Dana guessed he was the Burke Marta Lopez had spoken of, who had visited Judge Costain along with Leona Sims.

Dana noted how down on the criminal justice system Judge Costain had become.

It revealed blurry though unmistakable facial features--the tip of a nose, the faint outline of a mouth, the curve of a chin--removing any doubt that a person had been hiding in the dunes just before Dana made her awful discovery.

Dana carefully scrutinized each face, to see if it could belong to their mysterious person in the dunes, but no one looked familiar.

Dana pulled the photo of the man in the dunes from her briefcase and handed it to Jake.

Gazing at the dunes reminded Dana of chasing the mysterious man the other time they had visited this spot.

In brief, it was just this efficiency in pride, as well as work, that enabled Dana to set down, not merely the photograph detail of life before the mast and hide-droghing on the coast of California, but of the untarnished simple psychology and ethics of the forecastle hands who droghed the hides, stood at the wheel, made and took in sail, tarred down the rigging, holystoned the decks, turned in all-standing, grumbled as they cut about the kid, criticised the seamanship of their officers, and estimated the duration of their exile from the cubic space of the hide-house.

He and Dana had just finished telling the two judges everything, including the part about Ramon hiding out in the lighthouse.

Now, setting aside Dana of the New York Sun, Dana is a Bhil name, and Da fits no native of India unless you accept the Bengali De as the original spelling.

Dana Da was neither Finn, Chin, Bhil, Bengali, Lap, Nair, Gond, Romaney, Magh, Bokhariot, Kurd, Armenian, Levantine, Jew, Persian, Punjabi, Madrasi, Parsee, nor anything else known to ethnologists.

Harlan had first told her that Dana was pregnant, Colleen felt mixed emotions.

Even before she had come to live with her and Harlan, Colleen often had had serious and intimate discussions with Dana about boys and romance.

She wore a bright red cotton nightgown, one that Harlan had just bought for her, at her request, which was something Colleen thought was odd, since she knew Dana wasn't very fond of red, especially bright red.

Dana squeezed Colleen's hand for emphasis and looked so directly and so hard into her face that Colleen blushed.