Ayanna Name Meaning & Origin

Ayanna

Pronunciation: iy-AHN-ə (key)

This fluid creation echoes the sound of classic American names in a modern form. While Ayanna's feminine style sounds universal, the name has African roots and has been used almost exclusively by African Americans.

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GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: Eastern African, African American (Modern), Jamaican Patois
PRONOUNCED: ie-AHN-ə, ay-AHN-ah
OTHER FORMS: Ayana, Aiyana

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Yanni
Ayanna Banana
Nani

Meanings and history of the name Ayanna: | Edit

Hindu : Innocent
Ayanna can mean "flower" in Arabic.
Hebrew: Ayanna can mean "well-spring."
Ethiopian: Ayanna can mean "beautiful flower."
Japanese: Ayanna can mean "colored vegetables." Weird but true.

Possibly means "flower" in Amharic; in 'The Book of African Names' (1991), linguist Molefi Asante lists Ayanna as an Eastern African feminine name meaning "this is a beautiful flower". It has been used among African-Americans and Jamaicans for at least 50 years. In the United States the name was given a boost after Dick Gregory, the African-American comedian and civil rights activist, bestowed it on his daughter who was born in 1971.

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