Anne Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: AN (key)

Origin of the name Anne:

Anne is a cognate of the Hebrew Hannah (gracious, full of grace), which is from hannāh, chaanach (grace, gracious, mercy). In medieval Christian tradition, Anne was the name assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary, as Joachim was assigned to her father.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Ana, Ann, Anna, Annie, Nancy

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Comments and insights on the name Anne

L. M. Montgomery's "Anne Shirley" of Anne of Green Gables (and of the sequels) believed firmly in the superiority of Anne to Ann. Most Annes are serious people.

Anne is my middle-name and I think it's very cool and like Miss Shirley I think it's superior to Ann. My favorite author spells it with an "e" too (Anne McCaffrey).

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

^Although anyone who has met an Anne knows it's pretty much as cool as you can get

Anne contains the same letters as Nena.

i adore this name but oonly pronounced like 'on'. its so cute yet regal. sadly, we will not be using this name as no one will pronounce it right.

Personal experiences with the name Anne

I never introduce myself to anyone by any other name than Anne, and yet -- all kinds of people call me Annie! What's up with that? Of course, at least they don't call me what my dad does -- Anniebananie -- perfectly adorable unless said in front of someone you'd just rather didn't know that little piece of trivia about you -- ha!

My mom's name is Anne, and everyone she knows calls her Annie as well. It's actually funny. But if you want a name that is both playful when they call you Annie, but serious when known as Anne, than pick Anne. Or it can be used as a middle name, it goes nicely that way too.

My name is Anne, it's classic and simple and not overly common. You do have to spell it so that people add the E at the end. I've always found it a little boring.

Nicknames for Anne

AnneFrancisco - normal
AnneFrandisco - when in party mode
AnneFrancrisco - when baking

Meanings and history of the name Anne

Anna is a Latin form of the Hebrew name Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה or Channah‎, meaning "favor" or "grace.") Anna is in wide use in countries across the world as are its variants Anne, originally a French version of the name, though in use in English speaking countries for hundreds of years, and Ann, which was originally the English spelling. Saint Anne was traditionally the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary, which accounts for its wide use and popularity among Christians. The name has also been used for numerous saints and queens.

Although the claim might be made that the tradition of the Virgin Mary's parents' names "originated" in medieval times, it did in fact come from some apocryphal Christian books that may date to as early as 150 A.D. The books in question were considered inspired by some of the Eastern Churches, but the Western Church rejected them as anything but apocryphal (that is, unverifiable as to authenticity, but not misleading as far as Doctrine). To this day, some of the Eastern Churches still accept these particular books as part of their Biblical Canon. It's not considered a reason to separate the Churches, however, and some of the Eastern Churches are united with the Western, or Latin Church, even though they accept the books that tell the history of St. Anne and her husband St. Joachim. It was this unity that led to acceptance of the tradition by Christians in the West when Jacobus de Voragine incorporated elements of it in his "Golden Legend" in the thirteenth century. It was immediately embraced by the people of the Latin Church, who continued it through the ages. As noted, the Church in the East had been devoted to Sts. Anne and Joachim since the Fourth Century, including the Readings on certain Feast Days of the Eastern Churches. Emperor Justinian I (d. 585) had a church built in honor of St. Anne. An Eighth Century painting of St. Anne in Rome was inspired by Byzantine (Catholic) influence. It was the strong devotion by the laity of the Church that eventually led the Latin hierarchy to declare that such fervent devotion for Jesus' grandparents, "by the Faithful of all times and in all places," indicated the Holy Spirit's approval of authenticity of that part of the apocryphal books, and so St. Anne's Feast was established in the whole Western Church in 1584. So if you are looking for a saint's name for your child, don't be discouraged by the claim that the name of the mother of Mary, Anne, is only a "legend" begun in the Middle Ages, because this "legend" has an 1,800-year-long history. Besides, we know Mary had parents, and even if it turned out that we don't know their actual names, God does, and He knows who we mean when we refer to them as Sts. Anne and Joachim.

Famous real-life people named Anne

Anne Heche, actress
Queen Anne, British monarch
Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, mother of Queen Elizabeth I
Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII
Anne Landers, syndicated advice columnist
Anne Hathaway, American actress
Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare
Anne Bronte, poet and novelist
Anne Sullivan, American teacher of Helen Keller
Anne Doyle, Irish newsreader
Anne Frank, Dutch diarist (12 June 1929 – early March 1945), gained international fame posthumously following the publication of her diary which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II
Anne Baxter, actress
Anne Bancroft, actress
Anne Archer, actress
Ann Sheridan, actress
Anne McCaffrey, novelist "Dragon Riders of Pern" and many others (my personal favorite)
Anne Jackson, actress
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, aviator and author
Anne Murray, singer
Anne Madden, Irish artist
Anne Yeats, Irish artist & niece of William Butler Yeats
Princess Anne, Princess Royal & daughter of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip
Anne Bronte, author of "Agnes Grey" & "The Tennant of Wildfell Hall".
Resusci Anne- CPR doll based on L'inconnue de la Seine

Anne in song, story & screen

Anne Shirley, character in L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables"
Anne Elliot, character in Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
Anne Clephane, from Edith Wharton's "The Mother's Recompense"
"Leslie Anne Levine", song by the Decemberists
"Annie's Song", by John Denver

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