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What does Nan mean?

Nan \nan\ as a girls' name. Variant and nickname of Ann (Hebrew) "grace".


Nan has 17 variants: Nana, Nance, Nanci, Nancie, Nancy, Nanella, Nanelle, Nanette, Nania, Nanine, Nanna, Nannette, Nannie, Nanny, Nanon, Nettie and Ninon.

For more information, see also related girl names Anne, Fernanda and Hannah.

Nan has 1 more alternative form via Ann: Annie.


Nan is a very prominent first name for females (#1021 out of 4276, Top 24%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#69751 out of 88799, Top 79%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Nan for girls. Nan reached its top rank of #356 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nan name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Nan and related names. Prominent related forms of Nan are Hannah (#28 in 2014), Annie (#311), Fernanda (#528), Anne (#553), Nancy (#752), Ann (#945), Nannette, Nettie, Nanette, Nannie, Nana, Nanci and Nancie. Usage of this girl name was at its highest during 1880-1889 and is now much less, with versions such as Nancy, Ann, Anne, Nettie and Nannette becoming somewhat dated. Hannah (#28) and Fernanda (#528) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this list, with Hannah undergoing a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ann, Anne, Annie, Fernanda, Hannah, Nan, Nana, Nanci, Nancie, Nancy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nanette, Nannette, Nannie, Nettie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nan is pronounced similarly to Nann. Other suggested similar baby names are Fan, Jan, Na-, Nani, Nanni, Nat, Nena, Nina, Nona, Noni, Nyna, San and Van. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nan.