Meaning and name origin
Anna \a(n)-na\ as a girl's 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.
There is 1 masculine form of Anna: Santana.
Anna is a very popular first name for females (#33 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#24936 out of 88799, Top 28%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Anna for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Anna and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Hannah (#28), Anna (#34), Ana (#222), Anastasia (#240), Annabel (#448), Annika (#576), Leanna (#725), Audriana (#873), Ayanna (#896), Kiana (#909), Anabel (#910), Ann (#945), Annalee (#987), Luana, Aine, Anja, Annamarie, Annemarie, Annmarie and Christiana. (2014 statistics).
Anna is also pronounced similarly to Aenya, Agna, Aina, Ainah, Ania, Aniya, Annais, Anni, Annie, Anny, Anya, Anyu, Auina, Ayana, Ayonna, Eanna, Eena, Ena, Ennya, Enya, Euna, Iana, Ianna, Ina, Iona, Oona, Una, Unna, Wanna, Wina, Yana, Yanna, Yna and Yona. Other suggested similar baby names are Ama, Amia, Amma, Anda, Anh, Anina, Anka, Annda, Anne, Anona, Arna and Ayn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Anna.