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What does Hannah mean?

Hannah Pronunciation of Hannah [han-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". Variant of Ann, Anne and Anna. 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". The name was used by the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries. Writer Hannah Arendt; sportscaster Hannah Storm.

Associated with: biblical, prophet, puritans, 16th century, 17th century.


Hannah has 25 variants: Ann, Anna, Anne, Annie, Chana, Chanah, Chanha, Channach, Channah, Hana, Hanah, Hanalee, Hanalise, Hanna, Hanne, Hannele, Hannelore, Hannie, Hanny, Hena, Honna, Nan, Nanney, Nannie and Nanny.

Affiliated girl names: Aanya, Aine, Alannah, Anya, Grace, Ioanna and Quiana.

7 more related forms via Anna, Anne: Annah, Hajna, Hania, Hanja, Hanka, Nana and Nanni.

Creative forms:
(female) Hapnah, Heunah, ..

(male) Hanhad, Hanham, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hannah Christian (H.C.), ..

How popular is Hannah?

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)

Hannah reached its apex rank of #2 in the U.S. in 2000, and is at #28 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Hannah (#28 in 2015) are Aanya (#1080 in 2015), Aine, Alannah (#756), Ann (#893), Anna (#44), Annah, Anne (#569), Annie (#323), Anya (#555), Chana (#855), Grace (#19), Hana (#860), Hanah, Hanna (#523), Nan, Nana, Nannie, Nanny and Quiana. Other variants, like Hanka, are seldom used. These relations of Hannah were popular with parents a century ago (average #1109) and have become much less popular since (#1125, 85%), with forms like Nan becoming less in vogue. Anna is the longstanding favorite, although Hana seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hannah, Aanya, Alannah, Ann, Anna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Annah, Anne, Annie, Anya, Chana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Grace, Hana, Hanah, Hanna, Nan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nana, Nannie, Nanny, Quiana in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hannah, Aine, Alannah, Anna, Annie outside U.S.

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

Similar Names

Hannah is pronounced similarly to Hanae, Haneeah, Haniah, Haniya, Haniyah, Hannia, Hanniah, Hanniya, Hanniyah, Hannya, Hannyah, Hany, Hanyah, Henia, Hennie and Hinna. Other recommended names are Canna, Danah, Danna, Dannah, Diannah, Eanna, Ganah, Hafsah, Haibah, Hajrah, Halah, Hamna, Hamnah, Hanaan, Hanan, Hanina, Haninach (see Chanina), Haninah, Hosannah, Ianna, Ioannah (see Ioanna), Janah, Janna, Jannae, Jannah, Janoah, Jennah, Kennah, Lanah, Lanna, Lannah, Leannah, Liannah, Luannah, Nanna, Nonnah, Raenah, Rainah, Ranna, Reannah, Sanna, Sannah, Shannah, Vanna, Wandah (see Wanda), Wanna, Yanna, Yoannah, Zanna and Zaynah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hannah.

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