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What does Nanny mean?

Nanny Pronunciation of Nanny [nan-ny] as a girls' name is a Hebrew name, and the name Nanny means "He (God) has favored me". Nanny is a variant form of Anne (Hebrew): the English variant of Hannah. Nanny is also a variation of Nan (Hebrew): form and nickname of Ann. Nanny is also used as a variation of Nancy (Hebrew). See also Nana.


Nanny has 9 variants: Nana, Nania, Nanna, Nanney, Nanni, Nannie, Nina, Nona and Nonie.

35 more alternative forms via Anne, Hannah, Nan, Nancy: Ann, Anna, Anni, Anny, Hajna, Hana, Hanah, Hanja, Hanka, Hanna, Hanne, Hannie, Hanny, Honna, Nainsey, Nainsi, Nance, Nancee, Nancey, Nanci, Nancie, Nancsi, Nanete, Nanice, Nanine, Nann, Nanncey, Nanncy, Nanon, Nanor, Nansee, Nansey, Netty, Ninon and Ninor.

Creative forms:
(female) Nany, Nony, ..

(male) Nanne, Nanno, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nanny Lizeth (N.L.), ..

How popular is Nanny?

Nanny is an uncommonly occurring first name for females but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#54522 out of 150436, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Nanny reached its top rank of #1955 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Nanny listed in the Top 2000 are Hannah (#28 via latest list), Anna (#44), Nina (#300), Hanna (#523), Anne (#569), Nancy (#820), Hana (#860), Ann (#893), Nannie, Nanna, Nonie, Nona, Nancee, Hanah, Nan, Nana, Nanci and Nancie. Other variants, like Honna, are seldom used. These relations of Nanny were at the height of their popularity 135 years ago (adoption of 8.6%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 1.12%, 87%), with forms like Hannah going out of style. Anna has been the top favorite, though Hannah is currently the top form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nanny, Ann, Anna, Anne, Hana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hanah, Hanna, Hannah, Nan, Nana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nancee, Nanci, Nancie, Nancy, Nanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nannie, Nina, Nona, Nonie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anna, Hanna, Hannah, Nancy, Nina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nanny is alike in pronunciation to Nani, Neena, Neina, Nena, Neneh, Nenna, Nonah, Noni, Nonna, Nonnah, Nonnie and Nyna. Other recommended names are Benny, Binny, Bonny, Bunny, Cinny, Conny, Dabny (see Dabney), Dagny, Danny, Dany, Denny, Dinny, Donny, Evanny, Fanny, Franny, Genny, Ginny, Hany, Janny, Jany, Jenny, Jinny, Konny, Lanny, Minny, Nady, Nanda, Natty, Penny, Rainy, Renny, Ronny, Sanny, Sinny, Suanny, Sunny, Swanny, Tawny, Vinny and Winny. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nanny.

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