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What does Nan mean?

Nan \nan\ as a girls' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Nan is "He (God) has favored me". Variant and nickname of Ann.


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

For more on this name, 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 also a very prominent surname for all people (#44895 out of 150436, Top 30%). (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.

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 these girl names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5084%) and is now much less (usage 0.2059%, down 59.5%), with versions such as Nancy, Ann, Anne, Nan and Nanci 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. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Nan and related names. (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.