Dana Metcalf in the US

  1. #991,007 Dana Higginbotham
  2. #991,008 Dana Hilliard
  3. #991,009 Dana Kay
  4. #991,010 Dana Leavitt
  5. #991,011 Dana Metcalf
  6. #991,012 Dana Neely
  7. #991,013 Dana Newell
  8. #991,014 Dana Oconnell
  9. #991,015 Dana Padilla
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Meaning & Origins

Mainly North American: of unknown origin, perhaps a transferred use of a surname that is fairly common in the United States. This may be of Irish origin, although the surname is not known in Ireland. Dana or Ana was the name of an ancient Irish fertility goddess, and this was also used in medieval times as a girl's name, However, it is not clear whether there is any connection between this name and the modern given name, which is sometimes also used as a feminine form of Dan or Daniel. Modern use as a boy's given name began in honour of Richard Henry Dana (1815–82), author of Two Years before the Mast, who supported the rights of fugitive slaves before and during the Civil War. The popularity of the given name was increased by the fame of the film star Dana Andrews (1909–92).
207th in the U.S.
English (Yorkshire): of uncertain origin, probably from Middle English metecalf ‘food calf’, i.e. a calf being fattened up for eating at the end of the summer. It is thus either an occupational name for a herdsman or slaughterer, or a nickname for a sleek and plump individual, from the same word in a transferred sense. The variants in med- appear early, and suggest that the first element was associated by folk etymology with Middle English mead ‘meadow’, ‘pasture’.
1,383rd in the U.S.

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