GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: ‘Αγνη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: AG-nəs (English), AHK-nes (German), AHKH-nəs (Dutch), AHNG-nes (Swedish)   [key]
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.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Annis, Inez, Annice (English), Agneta, Agnetha (Swedish), Agnetha (Norwegian), Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe (Danish), Ines (Slovene), Hagne (Ancient Greek)
DIMINUTIVES: Aggie, Nancy (English), Nes, Neske (Dutch), Neža (Slovene)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Oanez (Breton), Agnès (Catalan), Agneza, Ines, Janja, Nensi (Croatian), Aune, Iines (Finnish), Agnès, Inès (French), Ágnes, Ági (Hungarian), Aignéis, Nainsí (Irish), Agnese, Ines (Italian), Agnese, Agnija (Latvian), Nes, Neske (Limburgish), Agné (Lithuanian), Agnija (Macedonian), Agnieszka, Jagienka, Jagna, Jagusia (Polish), Inês (Portuguese), Agnessa (Russian), Agnija, Janja (Serbian), Inés (Spanish), Nest, Nesta (Welsh)
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