Hanna Name Meaning & Origin

Hanna

Pronunciation: HA-nə, HAH-nə (key)

Origin of the name Hanna:

Derived from the Hebrew hannāh, chaanach (gracious, full of grace, mercy). The name, borne in the Bible by the mother of the prophet Samuel, received a boost in popularity by the Puritans, who favored Bible names.

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My daugter's name and we get lots of compliments. I wanted a Polish name so we used the Polish/European spelling of Hannah. I think the spelling is just different enough to not be annoying. It's a classic, beautiful name.

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Hannie is what we use the most. Han, Hanny, H

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Hanna Schygulla, actress
Hanna Hall, actress

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Hanna, action film starring Saoirse Ronan as the title character.
Hanna Malone (played by Vanessa Marano) is the daughter of Special Agent Jack Malone and his ex-wife Maria Malone on thwe CBS show Without a Trace. She has a younger sister on the show Kate Malone played by her real life younger sister Laura Marano.
Hanna Marin (played by Ashley Benson) from Pretty Little Liars (a book series written by Sara Shepard which recently became a show on ABC Family)

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