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Scripts‘Αγνη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.AG-nis English
AK-nəs German
AHKH-nəs Dutch
AHNG-nes Swedish

Meaning & History

Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste". Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages.
VariantsAnnice, Annis, Inez English Agneta, Agnetha Swedish Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe Norwegian Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe Danish Hagne Ancient Greek
DiminutivesAggie, Nancy English Nes, Neske Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesAgnesa Albanian Oanez Breton Agnès Catalan Agneza, Ines, Janja, Nensi Croatian Anežka Czech Age Estonian Aune, Iines Finnish Agnès, Inès French Ágnes, Ági Hungarian Aignéis, Nainsí Irish Agnese, Ines Italian Agnese, Agnija, Inese Latvian Nes, Neske Limburgish Agnė, Inesa Lithuanian Agnija Macedonian Agnieszka, Jagienka, Jagna, Jagusia Polish Inês Portuguese Agnessa Russian Agnija, Janja Serbian Agnesa, Agneša Slovak Ines, Neža Slovene Inés Spanish Nest, Nesta Welsh
Same SpellingÁgnes, Agnès


Depiction of Saint Agnes by Francisco de Zurbarán (1642)Depiction of Saint Agnes by Francisco de Zurbarán (1642)


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