Nana (given name)

Nana is a given name that has different origins in several countries across the world. Its use as a feminine or masculine name varies culturally. It is feminine in Japan, Georgia and Greece, and it is masculine in Ethiopia and India, and epicene in Ghana and Indonesia. In Georgia, Nana is the fifth most popular given name for girls. In Ghana, among the Akan people, particularly the Akyem, Ashanti and Akuapim peoples, Nana is used as the title of a monarch to signify their status. Furthermore, the stool name of kings and queens is always preceded by Nana. Non-royal Ghanaian people also use Nana as a given name. In some cases, they may adopt the name Nana, if they have been named after a monarch. In Ghana, one can respectfully refer to a King or Queen as Nana without mentioning their full name.

Nana
Pronunciation/ˈnɑːnə/, /ˈnana/, /naˈna/
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Region of originEthiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, India , Japan

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  • Nana Asma’u (1793–1864), a poet, teacher and a revered figure in northern Nigeria
  • Nana Chudasama, an eminent jurist, former mayor and Sheriff of Mumbai
  • Nana Natsume (born 1980), a Japanese award-winning former AV idol and celebrity
  • Nana Ozaki, a Japanese gravure idol

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