What does Anna mean?
Anna \a(n)-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.
Anna has 24 more related variations via Aine, Hannah: Anh, Anne▼, Annie▼, Ayn, Chana, Chanah, Chanha, Channach, Channah, Hana▼, Hanah, Hanalee, Hanalise, Hanna▼, Hanne, Hannele, Hannelore, Hannie, Hanny, Honna, Nan▼, Nanney, Nannie▼ and Nanny.
Anna has 1 masculine form: Santana.
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Anna for girls. Anna reached its apex position of #2 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #34 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Anna and associated names. Hannah (#28 a year ago), Ana (#222), Anastasia (#240), Annie (#311), Annabel (#448), Anya (#472), Hanna (#483), Anne (#553), Annika (#576), Leanna (#725), Hana (#841), Chana (#861), Audriana (#873), Ayanna (#896), Kiana (#909), Anabel (#910), Ann (#945), Annalee (#987), Aanya (#989), Luana, Nan, Nannie, Annemarie, Annmarie, Annamarie, Aine and Christiana are the prominent variation forms of Anna (#34 a year ago). Usage of these girl names was at its apex in 2002 (usage of 0.3461%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2749%, down 20.6%), with forms like Kiana, Ayanna, Hanna, Ann and Anne becoming somewhat dated. The more fashionable baby names here are Annabel (#448), Anastasia (#240), Hannah (#28), Ana (#222) and Anya (#472), and there is also a rebound in birth name popularity for Ana, Anastasia, Annabel and Hannah. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Anna is pronounced similarly to Aenya, Agna, Aina, Ainah, Anaya, Aniya, Annais, Anni, Anny, Anyu, Auina, Ayana▼, Ayonna, Eanna, Eena, Ena▼, Ennya, Enya, Euna, Iana, Ianna, Ina▼, Inya, Iona▼, Oona, Una▼, Unna, Wanna, Wina, Yana, Yanna, Yna and Yona. Other suggested similar baby names are Ama, Amia, Amma, Amya▼, Anda, Anina, Anka, Annda, Anona and Arna. These names tend to be less frequently used than Anna.