What does Hannah mean?
Hannah \ha(n)-nah\ as a girls' name is pronounced HAN-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hannah is "He (God) has favored me". Biblical: mother of the prophet Samuel. Being barren, she asked God to bless her with a child, and her prayer was answered. Hence, the name literally means "God has graced me with a son". Ann, Anne, Anna, etc. are the European forms; Hanne is popular in Germany. Writer Hannah Arendt; sportscaster Hannah Storm.
Hannah has 24 variants: Ann▼, Anna, Anne▼, Annie▼, Chana, Chanah, Chanha, Channach, Channah, Hana▼, Hanah, Hanalee, Hanalise, Hanna▼, Hanne, Hannele, Hannelore, Hannie, Hanny, Honna, Nan▼, Nanney, Nannie▼ and Nanny.
Hannah has 34 more related forms via Anna, Anne: Ana, Anh, Ania, Anja, Anka, Annah, Annet, Anni, Annina, Annis▼, Annus, Anny, Anona, Anya, Hajna, Hania, Hanja, Hanka, Nana, Nance, Nancee, Nancey, Nanci▼, Nancie, Nancy▼, Nanete, Nani, Nanice, Nanine, Nanni, Nanon, Nanor, Nina and Nona▼.
Hannah is a very popular first name for females (#367 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#1717 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Hannah for girls. Hannah reached its apex rank of #2 in the U.S. in 2000, and is at #28 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Hannah and related names. Prominent variation forms of Hannah (#28 in 2014) are Aanya (#989 in 2014), Aine, Alannah (#947), Ana (#222), Ann (#945), Anna (#34), Anne (#553), Annie (#311), Annis, Anya (#472), Chana (#861), Hana (#841), Hanna (#483), Nan, Nana, Nanci, Nancie, Nancy (#752), Nannie, Nina (#295), Nona and Quiana. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4293%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2725%, down 36.5%), with forms like Ann, Anne, Hana, Hanna and Nancy falling out of style. Ana (#222), Anya (#472) and Hannah (#28) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list, with Ana and Hannah enjoying a revival in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Hannah is pronounced similarly to Haniah, Haniyah, Hannia, Hanniah, Hanniyah, Hannya, Hannyah and Hanyah. Other recommended similar baby names are Dannah, Haninah, Jannah, Lannah and Sannah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hannah.