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What does Anna mean?

Anna Pronunciation of Anna [an-na] as a girls' name is pronounced AN-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Anna is "He (God) has favored me". Latinate variant of Hannah. The name was borne by the sister of Dido, Queen of Carthage, in Virgil's "Aeneid". Biblical: a devout woman who saw the infant Jesus presented at the temple in Jerusalem. Though not strictly related, Anna has been used as an English version of the Irish Gaelic Aine. Anna is often used in combination with other names. Ballerina Anna Pavlova; tennis player Anna Kournikova.

Associated with: queen, biblical, jerusalem (israeli), combination (blend).


Anna has 19 variants: Ana, Ania, Anique, Anja, Ann, Annabeth, Annah, Annalee, Annamarie, Anneke, Annemarie, Annet, Annica, Annika, Annmarie, Anoesj, Anouska, Hania and Nani.

Affiliated girl names: Aanya, Anabel, Anne, Annabel, Anya, Audriana, Ayanna, Christiana, Grace, Kiana, Leanna, Luana, Solana and Anastasia.

14 more relations via Aine, Hannah: Anh, Anne, Annie, Ayn, Chana, Hana, Hanah, Hanna, Hanne, Hanny, Hena, Honna, Nan and Nanny.

1 masculine form: Santana.

Creative forms:
(female) Anana, Annai, ..

(male) Anata, Anau, ..

Middle name pairings:
Anna Raelyn (A.R.), ..

How popular is Anna?

Anna is a very popular first name for females (#33 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#24529 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Anna reached its apex position of #2 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #44 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Grace (#19 via latest list), Hannah (#28), Ana (#211), Anastasia (#216), Annie (#323), Hanna (#523), Anya (#555), Anne (#569), Annika (#572), Annabel (#621), Leanna (#763), Chana (#855), Hana (#860), Ann (#893), Annalee (#894), Kiana (#972), Audriana (#1061), Ayanna (#1070), Aanya (#1080), Annabeth (#1227), Christiana (#1274), Anabel (#1408), Annamarie (#1613), Annmarie (#1908), Nanny, Annah, Luana, Nan, Annemarie, Anja, Ania, Hanah and Aine are the prominent variation forms of Anna (#44 via latest list). Usage of these relations of Anna was widespread a century ago (adoption of 11.73%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 2.09%, 82% less), with forms like Annie becoming somewhat dated. Anastasia, Annalee, Hana and Chana are four of the more trendy girl names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anna, Aanya, Ana, Anabel, Anastasia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ania, Anja, Ann, Annabel, Annabeth in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Annah, Annalee, Annamarie, Anne, Annemarie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Annie, Annika, Annmarie, Anya, Audriana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ayanna, Chana, Christiana, Grace, Hana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hanah, Hanna, Hannah, Kiana, Leanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Luana, Nan, Nanny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anna, Aine, Annie, Annika, Grace outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hanna, Hannah outside U.S.

Similar Names

Anna is pronounced similarly to Aenya, Agna, Aiyana, Aiyanna, Aniyah, Anni, Anny, Anyu, Eanna, Enaya, Ennya, Enya, Euna, Iana, Inah, Ioanna, Iona, Ionya, Juana, Oonah, Unah, Winny, Yanna, Yionna and Yna. Other suggested similar names are Abena, Adana, Adda, Adra, Aida, Ala, Alma, Alva, Ama, Amia, Amma, Amya, Anafa, Ananda, Ancina, Anda, Andi, Angy, Anica, Anina, Anka, Anke, Annda, Annita, Anona, Anonna, Aria, Arla, Arna, Arza, Asha, Asta, Ayla, Azha, Azra, Dena, Etna, Genna, Jana, Jina, Lana, Mena, Nenna, Rina, Sana, Vena, Venna, Xena, Zanna and Zena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Anna.

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