Lana /Anal

(18 Posts)

So the fact that Lana spells Anal backwards - is this really a reason to not use it? What would you do if you loved the name Lana, would it just be a no go?

LindaMcCartneySausage Mon 21-Jan-13 13:54:58

I know a "Lanna". That's the same name and not anal Solent backwards.

LindaMcCartneySausage Mon 21-Jan-13 13:55:34

Not sure where Solent came from. "spelt" of course

FaffTastic Mon 21-Jan-13 14:40:11

Wouldn't have realised that it spelt anal backwards tbh. If you really love the name can you not change it to Lanna - though admittedly Lana looks 'better' written down.

Or Laana clutching at straws

TobyorNotToby Mon 21-Jan-13 14:52:31

I can have a dirty mind, but this would not occur to me! Go for it!

notallytuts Mon 21-Jan-13 15:37:15

it would put me off, i have a habit when reading/writing of working out what the words say backwards. at one point when i was younger (and incredibly bored whilst revising for my gcses blush) i was almost fluent in "backwards language"! so it would bother me because i would read it every time i saw her name written down! but if you have a more normal approach than me i wouldnt think its a problem

BobbiFleckmann Mon 21-Jan-13 15:39:19

good lord. I have a filthy mind, and also have a pal called Lana but have never clocked that. Now you've pointed it out of course, I won't be able to get rid of it

AndFanjoWasHisNameO Mon 21-Jan-13 18:37:19

Yep, I ruled it out for the very same reason sad I remember doing backwards words in school and once some kids get hold of something as good as 'Anal' they are unlikely to let it go . Gutted as think it is a beautiful name too.....

forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 22:48:15

Spell it Lannah, like Hannah?

Wouldn't bother me, but then most of my shortlist autocorrect to rude words! Not why I chose them I can assure you!

Ham69 Mon 21-Jan-13 23:06:46

I'd never thought of it but now you've pointed it out that's all I can see! Sorry, would put me off. Mind you, my DB told a friend that Angus was anus with a g spot in the middle, but it didn't put her off giving the name to her DS!

forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 23:25:56

That's on my list ham smile along with Orla (oral) smile

Ham69 Mon 21-Jan-13 23:32:45

grin Great names, forgetmenots. Wouldn't actually put me off. My DS has an Orla in his class and I'd never thought of that! Lana, on the other hand, is more obvious to me as it's spelt backwards. I remember as a child working out all my friends' names backwards. My DH must have done the same as one of his friends calls him Nodrog!

forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 23:39:43

Haha, oh the pitfalls, I was so sure I'd chosen harmless names... smile

I quite like Nodrog grin

KumquatMae Mon 21-Jan-13 23:53:35

I used to work with someone who spelled it "Larna" which just doesn't look right to me. I couldn't choose Lana for the anal reason. How about Lara, Leilana, Leila?

MidnightMasquerader Tue 22-Jan-13 00:38:36

I know a Norwegian Hanne (pronounced Ha-na). Not sure if Lanne might work - as you'd end up with exactly the same pronunciation; just a different spelling. Admittedly, Lana is prettier.

The thing is, the Lana/Anal thing might not ever be a problem. Or ... it really might be. There's no way of knowing...

Anonymumous Tue 22-Jan-13 12:00:32

My Dad is Alan, and he hates his name precisely for this reason - his name is an anagram of Anal. He always says he doesn't understand why his parents had to choose that spelling. It's quite something for my Dad to get so worked up about something so apparently innocuous - he's usually the most laid-back person you can imagine. So I wouldn't use it personally. Especially since you can't now use the excuse that it never even occurred to you!

forgetmenots Tue 22-Jan-13 12:50:47

Alan would never, ever have occurred to me. I honestly think in most cases if it wasn't that it would be something else (rhymes with something, sounds like a celebrity name, chat/posh). Don't think you can avoid them all to be honest.

Lana is tricker than Alan as ham said, it's the backwards tbh and that might ring a bell more with people. Still wouldn't put me off if I loved it.

Anonymumous Tue 22-Jan-13 13:04:48

TBH, I never noticed the Alan connection until my Dad mentioned it. I said if I had a girl, I wanted to call her Alana after him and he begged me not to.

There's an idea - how about Alana, nn Lana?!

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