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Meaning and name origin

Agnes \ag-nes\ as a girl's name is pronounced AG-ness. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Agnes is "pure, holy". Latin form of the Greek name Hagnes, from the feminine form of "hagnos". The popular Saint Agnes (fourth century) was a young Roman virgin martyred by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Her emblem is a lamb; the Latin word for "lamb" is "agnus". The name was revived in the 19th century. Choreographer Agnes De Mille; actress Agnes Moorhead; writer Ana´s Nin; film director Annest Holland.


Agnes has 75 variant forms: Ag, Agafi, Agafia, Agafon, Aggi, Aggie, Aggy, Aggye, Aghna, Agi, Agie, Agna, Agnah, Agneis, Agnella, Agnellah, Agnelle, Agnese, Agness, Agnessa, Agnesse, Agneta, Agnethe, Agnetta, Agnettah, Agnie, Agnieszka, Agnola, Agnolah, Agnus, Agot, Agota, Agote, Agoti, Agy, Agye, Aigneis, Ainah, Anais, Anessa, Anis, Anise, Anissa, Annais, Annest, Anneyce, Annice, Anniesse, Annis, Annisa, Annisah, Annise, Ina, Inah, Ines, Inessa, Inez, Nessa, Nessah, Nesi, Nessie, Nessy, Nesta, Nestah, Nevsa, Nevesah, Neysa, Oona, Oonagh, Oonah, Senga, Una, Unah, Ynes and Ynez.

For more information, see also related girl names Anice, Annette and Innes.


Agnes is a very popular first name for females (#217 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30837 out of 88799, Top 35%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Agnes for girls. Agnes reached its highest rank of #37 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Agnes name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Agnes outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Agnes and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ina, Ines, Inez, Una, Annis, Annette, Agnes, Anais, Anissa and Aggie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aggie, Agnes, Anais, Anissa, Annette, Annis, Ina, Ines, Inez, Una in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Agnes, Ines, Inez outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Annes. This name tends to be less commonly used than Agnes.