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What does Agnes mean?

Agnes Pronunciation of Agnes [agnes] 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.

Associated with: greek, young, roman, emperor (queen), 19th century.


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.

Related girl names: Anice, Annette and Innes.

Creative forms:
(female) Aagnes, Agnesa, ..

(male) Agles, Agnesi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Agnes Alyson (A.A.), ..

How popular is Agnes?

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. Demographics)

Agnes reached its highest rank of #39 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #1272 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Agnes name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Agnes (#1272 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000 are Aggie, Agness, Anais (#1034 a year ago), Anessa, Anice, Anis, Anissa, Annette (#1334), Annice, Annis, Ina, Ines, Inez, Oona (#1646) and Una. These relations of Agnes were popular in the 1890s (average #1108) and are now significantly less common, with versions such as Inez becoming less trendy. Annette has been the most prevalent, although Anais appears to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Agnes, Aggie, Agness, Anais, Anessa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anice, Anis, Anissa, Annette, Annice in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Annis, Ina, Ines, Inez, Oona, Una in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aine, Alles, Anet, Anne, Anner, Annes, Annet, Annus and Annys. These names tend to be less frequently used than Agnes.

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