Given Name AGNES

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: ‘Αγνη (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: AG-nis (English), AK-nəs (German), AHKH-nəs (Dutch), AHNG-nes (Swedish)  [details]

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.
VARIANTS: Annice, Annis, Inez (English), Agneta, Agnetha (Swedish), Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe (Norwegian), Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe (Danish), Hagne (Ancient Greek)
DIMINUTIVES: Aggie, Nancy (English), Nes, Neske (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Agnesa (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)


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Entry updated December 8, 2017