Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Dániel (see
- Czech and Slovak (Daňa); 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.
- Richard Dana came from England in 1640 to Cambridge, MA, where he
died in 1690. His most famous descendant was Richard Henry Dana
(1815–82), author of Two Years before the Mast. A lawyer by
profession as well as a writer and traveler, he supported the rights
of fugitive slaves before and during the Civil War.
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