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What does Hannah mean?

Hannah Pronunciation of Hannah 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


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, Nanny

SEE ALSO Aanya, Aine, Alannah, Anya, Grace, Ioanna, Quiana

RELATED FORMS VIA ANNA, ANNE Annah, Hajna, Hania, Hanja, Hanka, Nana, Nanni



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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 #33 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Prominent variation forms of Hannah (#33 IN 2018) are Aanya (#1587), Aine, Alannah (#869), Ann (#983), Anna (#54), Annah, Anne (#599), Annie (#308), Anya (#677), Chana (#750), Grace (#24), Hana (#727), Hanah, Hanna (#561), 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 (#1158, 80%), with forms like Hanna 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 sound-alike 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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