Anna Name Meaning & Origin

Anna

Pronunciation: AN-ə, AHN-ə (key)

Origin of the name Anna:

Anna is a Latinate variant of the French Anne, a cognate of the Hebrew Hannah (gracious, full of grace).

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Comments and insights on the name Anna: | Edit

According to the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, Anna is considered 'cool', while Anne is 'uncool' and Annika is 'cooler'.

Hi. My grandma's name is Anna Mae (she is now 83 yrs old). She disliked her middle name and always went by 'ANN.' She is from Polish descent. I like the name Ana or Anya pronounced 'AH-NAH' -I have also seen spellings like Anja. I am contemplating this name for my daughter because Mozart is a favorite of mine; and Anna Maria was his mother's name. He had a sister too named Maria Anna with the nickname 'Nannerl.'

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Me!!!

Me too!!!

My mother's name is Anna, and my mother is my good friend. I like the name a lot.

My name and I love it! My middle name is Rae and sometimes some of my family members call me Anna Rae.

Nicknames for Anna: | Edit

Annie/Ani/Any, Nan, Anya, Anoushka, Anouk, Annika, An/Anne/Ann

Meanings and history of the name Anna: | Edit

Anna was a prophetess and recognized Jesus as Messiah when Mary and Joseph brought him to the temple. Luke 2:36

Anna means grace/gracious.

Famous real-life people named Anna: | Edit

Anna Chlumsky, American actress, known for Vada in "My Girl"
Anna Kendrick, American actress, known for "Pitch Perfect" and the Twilight sagas
Anna Saccone-Joly known for being a youtuber
Anna Held- Broadway singer and dancer popular in the 1890s-early 1900s (wife of famous showman Florenz Ziegfeld)
Anna Nicole Smith, former Playboy bunny who did small acting roles and then her own reality show before she died.

Anna in song, story & screen: | Edit

Princess Anna of Arendelle, character from Frozen
Anna, character from Supernatural
Anna, from Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Anna Harley from the Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt
Anna Marie, the secret identity of Rogue from the X-Men
Anna's Song by Marvin Gaye
Ana's Song by Silverchair
Anna (Go to Him) by the Beatles
Hey Anna by Owl City

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