Ann Name Meaning & Origin

Ann

Pronunciation: AN (key)

Origin of the name Ann:

The English form of Anna (gracious, full of grace and mercy). In medieval Christian tradition, the name assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary, as Joachim was assigned to her father. Var: Anna, Anne. Pet: Annie. (an)

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Ana, Anna, Anne

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Ann is my middle name, but due to circumstance (long story) I've used it as my first name since early childhood. I'm usually the only one, therefore unique. Not a filler. Not ugly. Memorable and I like it.

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Ann is my middle name too. I don't feel like it's a "filler name". I love my middle name. It is sweet, simple, delicate and lovely and has a beautiful meaning: "Merciful and Graceful". I think I like the idea of Ann as a first name as well. I believe it's a classic name and while it's not common anymore, it most definitely hasn't lost it's appeal for me. And for the record, I love the names Anna and Hanna, as well. All are classic, sophisticated, and sweet, as well as short and simple.

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Ann- my unbearably common filler middle name
ugh, I feel your pain sister! stupid family name...

My first name is Ann, and I LOVE it! It is well enough known that is never mispronounced, yet rare enough that I am frequently the only Ann in any given location. Although both Ann and Anne are accepted spellings, it can be a bit frustrating to constantly spell or respell your name for others. That, however, is the only down side to the name. I am so tired of being told Ann is just a filler name; it's simple, elegant and it gives me a connection to many women in my family.

I once worked with a girl named Delores, and one day on break we were talking about names for babies, and Delores said she liked unusual, exotic names and that she said she wished she had an exotic middle name. We asked her what her middle name was, and she said "Now, what is the most common, boring middle name on the face of this earth?" and somebody said "Ann?" and she said "You got it!"

My name is Ann Esther, and I love that I was named for both grandmothers, who predeceased me. HOWEVER, never name a child with a name that has an "e" variant, then give them an "e" middle name! On the phone, it's "Ann with no E, E" horrible. I complained that there were no nicknames for me but my mother said I might have been Hannah, then considered an ancient and old world name LOL. So I was happy enough to be Ann. In my generation there were lots of Anns, and I worked in a large office with one other woman....Ann. So I got my nickname after all, AnnieB. Oh, and when I was in high school with Peggy Sue and such, Ann was THE middle name. I had no idea (no kids) that Ann is out of style until looking at namevoyager.

My middle name is Ann, which is admittedly a VERY common middle name. I don't like the name, and my mom hates it too, but she and I love the reason I was given this name. I was named after her Aunt Barbara, whose middle name was Ann (yes, just like the song, but Aunt Barbara was born before that song came out). She was beloved by my family and never married nor had any children, so my mom decided to let her legacy live on through me, in my middle name. She died before I got to know her very well, but I love having the special bond with her even though I hardly knew her. Mom still hates the name Ann, but she hates the name Barbara even more, so at least I didn't end up with that (thank God). I'd rather be Catherine Ann than Catherine Barbara any day.

I'm called Ann. I get sick of "is that Anne with an 'e' or without???" I've actually had 2 separate instances where women called Anne have actually said that Anne with an 'e' is the posh spelling; which is very rude (and proved there was nothing posh about her). Another was a tour guide who every time new people got on the coach she introduced herself by saying
"my name is Anne, that's Anne with an 'e'", as though it would be an insult to have the spelling 'Ann'. I think Ann or Anne is a bland name (this is just my opinion, please don't be offended) and I would like to be called Anna and am thinking of actually changing my name by deed poll. I was named after my mothers sister who died when she was 7 years old so I feel guilty for not being enthusiastic about my name and wanting to change it.

My sister's name is Andrea. We call her Ann for short.

Nicknames for Ann: | Edit

Hanna, Nancy, Annie, Nan, Annabelle, Anne, Ann-Marie, Ann-Mary, Ann-Melissa.

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Famous real-life people named Ann: | Edit

Advice columnist Ann Landers (a pen name!)
Movie dancer Ann Miller
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter
Ann Taylor women's clothing stores
Katherine Ann Moss, birth name of the supermodel Kate Moss

Ann in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ann Perkins, character in Parks and Recreation

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