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