What does Agnes mean?
Agnes \ag-nes\ as a girls' 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 variants: 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▼, Nesi, Nessa, Nessah, Nessie, Nessy, Nesta, Nestah, Nevesah, Nevsa, Neysa, Oona, Oonagh, Oonah, Senga, Una▼, Unah, Ynes and Ynez.
Agnes is a very popular first name for women (#217 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#29359 out of 150436, Top 20%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Agnes for girls. Agnes reached its highest rank of #37 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular varying forms of Agnes listed in the Top 1000 are Aggie, Anais, Anissa, Annette, Annis, Ina, Ines, Inez and Una. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4536%) and are now significantly less popular, with versions such as Annis, Ina, Ines, Inez and Una becoming somewhat dated. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Agnes and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Annes. This name tends to be less frequently used than Agnes.