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What does Anna mean?

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.

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

Anna has 1 masculine form: Santana.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Anca, Annai, ..

(male) Anau, Annano, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Anna and associated names. Grace (#21 via latest list), Hannah (#28), 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), Annabeth (#1174), Christiana (#1366), Annamarie (#1559), Annmarie (#1620), Luana, Nanny, Nan, Annah, Anja, Ania, Annemarie, Hanah and Aine are the prominent variation forms of Anna (#34 via latest list). Usage of these relations of Anna was widespread a century ago (adoption of 11.73%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 2.17%, 82% less), with forms like Ann becoming somewhat dated. The more fashionable baby names here are Anastasia, Annabel, Audriana, Aanya, Anabel, Annalee, Hana, Chana and Anya.

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.