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This name connotes a graceful and gracious nature. Or maybe it's just who I know.
-- Rob Roy  4/7/2005
I've come across name books that identify it as originating from Japanese meaning "flower".
-- TEQUILAworm  6/1/2005
The Japanese word for flower is "Hana", not Anna.
-- Caprice  9/6/2005
I have heard it is of Hebrew or Arabic descent, simply meaning "mother". In the Turkish language, kids address their mothers with "anne".
-- Paganqueen  7/16/2005
It would make sense for those children to their mothers 'Anna'. Saint Anna was the Virgin Mary's mother, the Messiah's grandmother.
-- echo_of_the_past  4/5/2006
Anna means "mother" in Algonquin also.
-- aet123  8/13/2005
This is a kind of coin formerly used in India, worth 1/16 of a rupee. Its name comes from the Hindi.
-- wiswina  8/17/2005
In Finnish 'anna' is an imperative form of the verb 'antaa', meaning 'to give'.
-- Elizabeta  8/27/2005
In Quenya 'anna' means 'gift'.
-- Elfstone  10/21/2005
Anna is a form of the name "Anne," belonging to Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII wives.
-- PssycatDoll  11/4/2005
A famous bearer in the Netherlands is Anna van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven. She's is the daughter of prince Maurits and princess Marilene of Orange-Nassau. Actually her full name is: Anastasia Margriet Josephine. Her parents are still in the line of the Dutch throne.
-- Anonymous User  11/16/2005
Anna Maria Pierangeli (1932-1971) was an Italian actress who adopted Pier Angeli as her stage name.
-- alberto  11/17/2005
Anna sounds good in any European language.
-- Dogsy  11/20/2005
Anna Magnani (March 7, 1908 – September 26, 1973) was an Italian actress who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1955 movie "The Rose Tattoo" and was again nominated for her role in the 1957 movie "Wild is the Wind." She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
-- AndrewJKD  12/21/2005
Another famous Anna was Anna Akhmatova, the Russian poet.
-- Anonymous User  12/25/2005
This is my #1 favorite girl name in the whole entire world and I wish my parents named me this.
-- iwant2baurora  1/3/2006
My first name is Anna, and I was always glad my parents chose to call me by my middle name. Anna is just a bit bland.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2006
This is my sister's name and she has never said anything about liking it greatly, or disliking it greatly. Her middle name is Grace and I know a few girls named Anna Grace or Hannah Grace so it's not very unique. I also read somewhere that the meaning is Grace. The joke in our family is that she's blonde so she got given a name that is a) easy to spell and b) can be spelt backwards and forwards!
-- Anonymous User  1/9/2006
In Sweden it is common with hyphenated names like Anna-Karin, Anna-Lena, Anna-Maria etc.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2006
This is my name, yet it also the name of my cousin and deceased grandmother so it's not very original in my family. I am Ukrainian and it is pronounced an-ya, yet spelled this way and pronounced the English way in obviously English. I do believe there is another root, Ana in Spanish?
-- SterlingNami  2/5/2006
Anna Kornicova is a famous tennis player.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2006
Eleanor Roosevelt's first name was actually Anna, after her mother. She used her middle name exclusively.
-- elizabeth hamlet  3/26/2006
Actress Anna Popplewell, who played in a number of movies including The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is a famous bearer of this name. She definitely is graceful and lives up to her name.
-- Wunderkind_Princess  4/8/2006
A sister of Carthaginian queen Dido; Anna Perenna, an Italian goddess.
-- antiquitas  4/18/2006
Anna Nalick is the singer of the great song "2 AM".
-- claraelizabethann  4/19/2006
This name never seems to go out of fashion. It is a name you could grow up with. I do like this name and I also like Hannah. If I had to choose between which one, it would be Hannah.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I usually favor short and simple names, but this one is just sounds boring. And the whole thing about being able to spell it the same backwards or forwards is just creepy.
-- Anonymous User  5/5/2006
I know it was a while back that the comment I am thinking of was submitted, but I have to disagree with the anonymous user way up there. It's not that creepy just because it's spelled the same forwards and backwards. It's a short enough name for that to be possible. And for everyone else, it's called a palindrome.
-- Brianna Angela  6/1/2007
Anna Mae Bullock, who was born on 26th November 1938, in Nutbush, Tennessee, is the great singer known as Tina Turner.
-- iva_toneva  5/9/2006
Anna is one of those names that is so prevalent that I don't really have any preconceived notions or associations. Sort of the tofu of names, if you will -- it soaks up the personality of whomever bears it.
-- sharkycharming  5/10/2006
The very famous Greek singer Anna Vissi. She's the best singer in the world and she deserved to win the Eurovision song contest in Athens - May 20 2006.
-- Keira_111  5/22/2006
My youngest sister's name is Anna Jane (born in 1998). She was named for my Father's great-grandmother, Jane Anna. Anna has always liked her name, and, due to it's simple spelling, she's been able to write it from an early age (which made her very proud of herself and confident). I, although I know of a few "Anna"s already, very much like this name.
-- Pheadirean  6/4/2006
Anna sounds nice but it's too over-used in my opinion. Annaliese sounds nicer, but it's better shortened to Anna not Annie.
-- princeton-girl18  7/4/2006
I quite like the name; it's simple and can suit anyone!
-- chimocho  7/10/2006
This is a beautiful name. Unfortunately, anyone bearing it may be susceptible to being called "Anna Banana." :(
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2006
A very pretty and classic name for a girl. Much prettier than Anne in my opinion. I have always liked it and would definitely consider using it in the future.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2006
My name is Anna, and I like it. It sounds somewhat regal and authoritative. The only problem is that I pronounce it Ah-nn-ah, not like it rhymes with banana, so I have to put up with a lot of people mispronouncing it.
-- avonrg  7/23/2006
Famous bearers:
Anna Geislerová, Anna Kulovaná - Czech actresses
Anna Kurnikova - Russian tennis player.
-- Maggie_Simpson  7/24/2006
I view this name as a nice alternative to Hannah, which is becoming far too popular these days. And who says that being able to spell it backwards or forwards is creepy?
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
I also love this name. Anna is my Spanish name in Spanish class. Ann is my middle name, so I love to use the Spanish version.
-- Emma McHnery  8/30/2006
This name is way too popular in Germany. I have met at least 15 different Annas in my life and I'm only 18.
-- JHK  9/2/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Anna here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
In Poland we pronounce it an-na (not like in English 'ana'). This is also my name :) But this form is used only in official situations. My friends and family use pet forms like Ania or Anka.
-- asz  9/11/2006
Anna is a character (sort of) in Namco's game "Tales of Symphonia". She's Lloyd Irving's deceased mother.
-- Dark Whysper  11/15/2006
I prefer this name with only one N, like ANA. This name goes very well with the middle name MARIA. :-)
-- Taydbug112  12/14/2006
This is a very common middle name in Sweden. It's mine.
-- Frozten  12/17/2006
If Anna is too bland a name by itself, why not use Pollyanna or Annasophia? I think the reason the name is boring is because you can yawn in that name (AnnAAAAAAAAHH). This is my mother's name, she hates being called Ann (which happens a lot). She'd like it if I name one of my children Anna. Annabelle or Lucyanna are fine by her.
-- Anonymous User  1/4/2007
In Finland, Anne Shirley (Anne of the Green Gables) bears the name Anna. Don't ask me why.
-- Yippal  1/7/2007
This is one of the plainest and most boring names out there, along with Daniel, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, Matthew, Robert, Marie, and John!
-- Taydbug112  1/14/2007
Famous bearer is Anna Belknap who plays detective Lindsay Monroe on CSI:New York. Great actress.
-- Anonymous User  1/14/2007
The next Jennifer, or Madison. I wonder how many young Anna's we're going to see this year, maybe it'll be number 1.
-- Anonymous User  1/22/2007
This is a pretty name, but it's so common. I've met so many Annas, I wouldn't name my daughter this, it wouldn't be very original. But since it's a timeless classic, it would be a nice middle name.
-- scarletquillraven  2/20/2007
My name is Anna, and I've never really liked it. I only go by it because my middle name is my mother's maiden name and Sanderl is not the best name in the world. I do like it somewhat because it was my great-grandmother's name. It was also the name of two of my great-great-grandmothers so it's a family name.
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2007
This is an AWESOME name and the top one on my list for a daughter.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2007
I really like this name, even if it's sort of common. However, since it's my cousin's name, I probably wouldn't use it for a daughter.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2007
Michail Baryshnikov & Lisa Rinehart have a daughter Anna Baryshnikova.
-- Karcoolka  4/23/2007
I disagree with those who say Anna is bland. I think it is a beautiful name. I would love to name my daughter this someday. Why do you think it has been so popular for so long? You normally don't name your daughters names you don't like.
-- Anonymous User  4/28/2007
I think this name is pretty, but far too overused for my taste. It would be good to lay off this name for a while and then use it when it is not so common. Nice name and meaning, though.
-- CharlieRob  5/6/2007
Although it was not her real name she just went by it, a famous bearer was the late Anna Nicole Smith.
-- Jassie  5/7/2007
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy. Anna is one of the main characters. It's a good book. I read it in high school.
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2007
Anna was Eleanor Roosevelt's first name. It was also her mother's name and her daughter's name.
-- Anonymous User  6/14/2007
In my opinion, Anna is the most perfect girl's name. You can never go wrong with it.
-- Calla Rose  7/6/2007
Czech actors Jiří Dvořák & Barbora Munzarová have a daughter Anna Dvořáková.
-- Karcoolka  7/9/2007
I have a friend named Anna. Anna means gracious, and whether she knows it or not, she has given me priceless things. As for the name itself, I do not see it as boring, but mysterious and interesting. It is the very plainness that makes it have that wholesome ring to it.
-- chocolatebox527  7/17/2007
Also Anne Frank. Her real name was Annalise but in German (she was born at 7:30 in Frankfurt) the pronunciation of Anne is Anna.
-- memory3945  7/23/2007
Famous bearer is Anna Sundstrand (a member of PLAY, a Swedish pop group of four girls).
-- ShizukoChan  7/27/2007
I really like the name Anna! It looks good on everyone! (excusing guys!)
-- applemilk  8/29/2007
Anna Anderson was the best known of several women who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Tsarina Alexandra of Russia.
-- writers_block2006  9/14/2007
Anna is such a timeless name and it sounds elegant in my opinion. That's why I'll probably name my second daughter the Anna-Sophia combo. I love how it sounds.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2007
I think Anna, Maria, and Sophia sound nice together. Anna is a beautiful name.
-- LilyNell  10/14/2007
Beautiful name but it and its variations (Ana, Anne, Annette, whatever) are EXTREMELY overused worldwide!
-- Anonymous User  11/19/2007
I cannot stand this name at all. It has forever made people forget that it originated from the more beautiful name Hannah. Besides, I like Hannah a hell of a lot more.
-- Anonymous User  12/19/2007
This name reminds me of an old lady who lives in a retirement home.
-- jasmineenimsaj  2/27/2008
This is quite a beautiful name, despite being overused in some regions, though I myself have never met more than a few of them.

I would also disagree that Hannah is a more beautiful name in that it is just Anna with some aspiration on the front and sounds like the sort of person who rather likes herself too much. Anna is among my favourite names for girls.
-- Bastien Rosier  3/4/2008
Also used in Ireland.
-- Dianna475  3/25/2008
That is my name and I like it, but in my country (Russia) this name is too overused. I myself know at least 30 Annas. Wish it wasn't too popular.
-- AnnaEmily1983  4/2/2008
Hmm. The name Anna is very pretty. But I have heard it a lot in my life.
-- Jeremiah2911  6/27/2008
I love the name Anna. I loved since I was 6 years old in first grade. I decided when my teacher called on Anna in our class. This name is the number one name in Hungary, my country of origin. I like the Hungarian pronunciation of Anna SO much better than the English one! Perhaps that is why Anna is #1 in Hungary--it's gorgeously pronounced--just meet a Hungarian person and ask how the name is pronounced and you will be delighted!
I have SO many ancestors, relatives named Anna! But the thing is that I love this name and I actually plan on naming my little daughter Anna (I know I say this to almost every girl's name I comment on however the first answer is always the right one! Because in first grade I decided that is what I want to name my little daughter!)
I love how the name Anna means gracious, grace!
-- diamond  8/2/2008
That's my name and I quite like it. I don't think it's bland. It's classy but modern (or actually timeless) and because of that it has constantly been used a lot. I was born in Australia but moved to Germany at age 9, so I really appreciate that it sounds good in any language.
-- chocomilk  8/29/2008
In the movie "Saving Sarah Cain" Sarah's niece is named Anna May.
-- Anonymous User  9/8/2008
The main character of the book my Sister's Keeper goes by Anna, although her real name is Andromeda.
-- Rachelgirl1989  9/14/2008
Actors Igor Chmela and Jana Janěková have a daughter Anna Chmelová.
-- Emilie007  9/15/2008
My name is Annah. The same thing as Anna, but the "H" is silent. I think it's beautiful, but because it IS a simple name. You don't have to have a long, un-heard of name. Your name doesn't make you who you are-- you make your NAME sound either as beautiful or as ugly as YOU want to be. The only thing I wish I could change about my name is how it's pronounced. My background is partially Czech, so I wish it was pronounced Ay-nah, but I can't change it now. My friends know me for who I AM, NOT NOT MY NAME.
-- bnanner72  10/5/2008
I think Anna could fit any age, and has a classic feel to it. This is my main nickname.
-- Emma McHnery  11/19/2008
My name is obviously Anna and I don't really love the name. It seems kind of short and childish to me. I like the names of my sisters better than my own. Anna just seems like a too common name. I would rather be named something prettier.
-- annamarie941408  12/1/2008
In Italy Anna was steadily one of the most common feminine names from the 17th century till the middle of the 20th. It was relatively underused in the 1980s and 1990s. Today it has become rather common again, especially in Northern Italy: it ranks 12th of the most popular names in Italy in 2004, 13th in 2006.
-- presentperfect  12/22/2008
Anna Mae He (born January 28, 1999 in the United States), was the subject of a custody battle between her Chinese biological parents, Shaoqiang (Jack) He and Qin Luo "Casey" He, and her foster parents, Jerry and Louise Baker. The case received national media attention for years and revolved around the claim of Jerry and Louise Baker that Jack and Casey He abandoned their rights to the child when they signed a temporary custody order. In the end, she was given back to the Hes who moved back to China with Anna Mae, her younger brother Andy, and younger sister Aveta to avoid being deported.

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Mae_He
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2009
My first name is Anna, and I don't really like my name. It's too boring and common in my opinion. Plus there aren't any good nicknames for this name. I wish I had a more unusual name.
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2009
Love this name. It's so timeless and equally pretty and strong. I would definitely consider calling my daughter this.
-- clairabella  1/29/2009
It's starting to grow on me. I really like it. Of course, I'm planning on pairing it with another name. I'm going to use Anna as the first name, but the middle name is going to be said with it.
-- Lumiereslove  2/22/2009
My name is Anna and when I was a little girl I didn't even know that is my name because everyone called me Panni, that is a pet name for Anna in Hungary. So I didn't really like Anna but when I grew older and I moved abroad I started to appreciate that everyone seems to know this name, no misspellings so it's easy to live with it. I love my name now, I think it is a simple and strong, very ancient name.
-- panni  2/25/2009
I like the name Ana more than Anna.
-- enchy  2/28/2009
Anna Kyouyama - a main character in the anime "Shaman King".
-- cherry_ai_222  4/2/2009
Anna is my name and when I was younger I thought it was too short! I learned to love it even though people call me "Anna Montana". :( =D
-- Anonymous User  5/15/2009
My name is Anna Grace, I don't think it's too bad. Maybe it gets a bit annoying when I get called Hannah or Anna Banana but I think it's different. I love the fact it means graceful and all my friends and family say that it suits me because I am very graceful when I dance (ballet) and they say I look very delicate which suits the name. I also think that it suits any age whether young or old and I think it will be a good and suitable name to grow up with.
-- Anonymous User  5/24/2009
I personally find this name very boring.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2009
Anna is my name. I strongly dislike it. My full name is Annalese Marie, which does sound nice altogether, but people tend to shorten it to just "Anna" and it annoys the heck outta me. It's an extremely plain name. Blah, really. VERY blah.
-- Anonymous User  6/16/2009
Buh-land.
-- becca_marciano  7/7/2009
Can't say I ever really liked my name. It's so boring, unoriginal, and overused. I used to go by my middle name because my first name is so bland. The European and Latin American pronunciation, with a long A, does make it seem a bit more interesting, and I prefer that pronunciation now. My parents named me after a character in the D. H. Lawrence novel The Rainbow (also where they got my middle name from).
-- Anyechka  7/10/2009
Although the name is very common, I personally like it. It suits any girl/woman of any age, personality, or ethnic origin.
-- Seven  7/13/2009
I think this name is quite pretty, but it's wildly popular in Germany, often in combos with Marie, Maria or Lena. In my class there is one Anna, one Anna-Lena and two Anna-Marias (one with a hyphen and one without). Since they all pretty much go by their first name, if you say "Anna", you'll get a "What?" from three or four different directions. I would want my daughter to have a more unique name.
-- plingy  7/24/2009
It's a nice name, but it's also boring and overused.
-- bananarama  8/13/2009
Anna Wintour is the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue magazine.
-- emily  8/16/2009
In my class were three girls named Anna. Boring.
-- Ravynne  8/26/2009
This is a good name for anyone who wants a short, simple, yet pretty name and doesn't care how common it is.
-- Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
I love Anna's sweet, simplistic beauty.
-- Ailis  11/20/2009
My name is Anna and even though people say it is popular, I have only come across one other Anna in my life. :S It does get a bit annoying when someone calls you Hannah but I am sort of glad my parents called me this because it would go well in any country! :)
-- little-ballerina  1/5/2010
Very, very eclectic and cultured.
-- lucyskydiamonds  1/17/2010
Musician Felix Slováček and actress Dagmar Patrasová have a daughter Anna Julie Slováčková.
-- MaggieSimpson  1/24/2010
This is my middle name and I really like it. My parents were going to name me Anna, but then they went cold on the idea because they thought it was too ordinary. I like my name okay, but sometimes I wish they'd stuck with Anna as I think it suits me better than my first name.
-- SandSea  2/20/2010
Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna Romanov (1795-1865), daughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia and later Queen of the Netherlands.
-- CarolinW  3/21/2010
My name is Anna, and I both love it and hate it. That's a nice name, I've never been ashamed of it. But I just hate the fact that it means "graceful". -.-(especially when I'm really clumsy and tomboyish, and not graceful at all!) And people keep calling me Anne, Hannah or Ann. Especially Anne, some day I'll climb Mount Everest just to stand on the top and scream, that my name is AnnA!
-- Luna Avril  4/16/2010
It's a beautiful name, really. I kind of wish this was my middle name instead of Ann, and I much prefer this to modern-day Hannah.
-- Black_X  5/5/2010
Probably the second most common name in the world. It's a name that no matter how common it is, is still a good choice for a name. It sounds pretty, simple, sweet, and classy. In the bible, Anna was the mother of the virgin Mary. Anna was longing for a child for many years had prayed to god for years until finally god granted Anna and Joachim a child.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2010
My real name is Anna and honestly I really don't like it. It just doesn't suit me, I know other people called Anna and I like the name better on them.
I hate it that I always have to spell my name 100 times and they still get it wrong, everyone keeps misspelling it as 'Hanna', 'Anne', 'Ann', 'Hannah' or whatever else of the kind. I respond to everything, really, I'm THAT used to it.
X.
-- Faelan  6/16/2010
The name Anna is the most beautiful name out there. It is just perfect being Anna spelled from right to left even!
-- Anonymous User  9/22/2010
Nice name, but kind of boring.
-- Chrila96  11/27/2010
It's cute, but it's quite bland and boring, and it only fits a little girl. That's the impression I get.
-- Nina.Matau  1/3/2011
I love the name Anna; this is the third time or so I comment on the name because of my love for it. In Hungary, it was #2 in 2010, the same place from 2009. Unfortunately, the not-so-pretty name Jazmin is #1 in Hungary in 2010, since 2009. Anna is just perfect, and it is unlikely it will be overtaken by Emma any time soon...
-- Anonymous User  5/28/2011
I find this name really beautiful. It is quite simple and international, it exists in almost every language. Maybe it's become too common, but I still find it pretty. I don't think it will ever be considered old-fashioned, though. And I love the idea of the palindrome.
It is sort of my middle name, but unofficially; anyway, that's a long story...
-- Irangemi  6/28/2011
Name of the Day: June 28th, 2011.
-- AndrewJKD  6/28/2011
It's a nice, pretty name. Always was and always will be.
-- MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
I think Anna is a very plain name. I like it paired with another name - like Annamaria or Annasophia, or even Annabel is much better.
-- amazingtabby  7/10/2011
My name is Anna and I like it, but I would love it a lot more if it wasn't so common.
-- cyrilbluemeow  7/16/2011
Anna strikes me as the name of a woman or girl who is ambitious and futuristic. It just has this sort of exotic feel to it.
-- Hushpuppy  8/1/2011
This name is of Hebrew origin and it means "grace" (Channah, Hannah). The sound, simplicity, meaning, universality, only credits this name as favorable. One of my favorite names.
-- Hebrews_and_Shebrews  8/5/2011
I think nearly every nationality has their own version of Anna. I prefer the German pronunciation. Even though it's a common name, and most people know at least one person with this name, it doesn't seem overused. (Not sure how that happened).
-- GibsonGirl  8/23/2011
Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was a Russian ballerina.
-- ursa  9/3/2011
Anna is a classic name. A name you can't go wrong with. Classic names never lose their charm. With this one, I disagree that it's a boring name. A person's life can be boring, not a name.
-- Stewie_Griffin  9/8/2011
This name is quite common and average, but it does have a sort of exotic, adventurous feel to it.
-- Hushpuppy  9/21/2011
The only thing I can find wrong with this name is that it does sound whiny to me, yet I don't think you should worry about that. It's a nice name no matter what.
-- Stewie_Griffin  10/15/2011
It's a very common name that hasn't become ridiculously common. Another reason I should add is, it has a pretty sound and is suitable for anyone.
-- Kang_and_Kodos  10/20/2011
Anna Prior, drummer of the British band "Metronomy".
-- CarolinW  11/25/2011
Anna Williams is a character is fighting game series, Tekken. She is the vindictive younger sister of Nina Williams. Their backstory suggests that their rivalry stems from what fate befell their late father.
-- xsai  12/10/2011
Anna is better than Hannah. Anna sounds elegant and classy, Hannah somehow doesn't. I know someone named Anna, who eats bananas almost every day, and got the nickname "Anna-Banana" for that.
-- ChristianDior  1/2/2012
Sounds sweet, and I have an awesome friend named Anna. I also think it's better than Hannah. To me, Hannah seems close to sounding like Hyena (the animal).
-- Cardin  1/7/2012
A simple, nice girls name. I also like the variants Annabelle and Hannah (Anna was derived from the original Hannah).
-- Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
Anna of Austria (1528-1590), second daughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. Later married the Duke of Bavaria.
-- CarolinW  2/26/2012
It's primarily a biblical name and very common, yes, ridiculously common. It's one of the best biblical names, and sounds nice, and just plain Anna is more sophisticated. It's one of those names that comes to the mind when it's time to name a baby, it almost never gets forgotten. It's very common.
-- bigoted  2/27/2012
Anna can also be a feminine Japanese name. 杏"apricot" or 安"peace/ease" are used for "an" and one of the characters 奈, 菜, or 那, none of which have much meaning in it, are used for "na".
-- nemui_10pm  3/2/2012
Such a perfect little name. So diverse in its usage, super sweet.
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2012
I want to make one last remark about this name and it's not because I am obsessed with this name, or names in general, because that's just VERY LAME. I think Anna is a nice, old-fashioned name, sounds fine, nothing that special about it, and should not be combined with any other name such as Annabelle because it sounds unintelligent. However, if it were used in conjunction with another name such as Anna Maria, or Anna Sophia, and so on, then it would also be fine. I have respect for this name because it's not a ridiculous name like so many other names found in the world.
-- Stewie_Griffin  3/9/2012
It's an international name. It's a lovely name so there is nothing wrong with it being common.
-- Hypocrisy  3/12/2012
Anna is a character in Arthurian legend; she is usually depicted as Arthur's half-sister and the wife of Lot. She is often referred to as "Morgause" instead of "Anna."
-- Phoenix_Quill07  4/1/2012
Anna Jacobs is an English author who has written over 40 novels including the acclaimed Gibson Family saga and other titles such as 'Seasons of Love' and 'Licence to Dream'.
-- Anonymous User  4/22/2012
Anna Kay Faris (b. 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2012
Anna of Austria (1549-1580) was the oldest daughter of Maximilian II (Holy Roman Emperor) and his wife Maria of Spain. She later married Philip II of Spain and had 5 children.
-- CarolinW  6/7/2012
Anna was the third daughter of the first Romanov Tsar Michael I and his wife Eudoxia.
-- CarolinW  6/10/2012
Anna (1532-1585) was the oldest daughter of King Christian III of Denmark and his wife Dorothea.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
Maria Anna (1770-1809) was one of the daughters of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and his wife Maria Luisa of Spain.
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
"Anna Rose" is the title of a song sung by Vienna Teng.
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2012
Anna (1527-1535) was the daughter of King Frederik I of Denmark and his wife Sophie.
-- CarolinW  6/13/2012
Anna (1574-1619) was the daughter of King Frederik II of Denmark and his wife Sophie. She later married King James I of Great Britain.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1618-1633) was the oldest daughter of King Christian IV of Denmark and his second wife Kirsten Munk.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1647-1717) was the daughter of King Frederik III of Denmark and his wife Sophie.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1527-1591) was the oldest daughter of Duke Albert of Prussia and his wife Dorothea of Denmark.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1576-1625) was the oldest daughter of Duke Albert Frederick of Prussia and his wife Marie Eleonore. Because her parents didn't have any surviving sons, her husband John Sigismund succeeded her father.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1598-1659) was the daughter of Duke John Sigismund of Prussia and his wife Anna.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna Amalia (1723-1787) was the daughter of Frederick William I of Prussia and his wife Sophia.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1655-1670) was the daughter of Czar Alexei of Russia and his wife Maria.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1693-1740) was the daughter of Czar Ivan V of Russia and his wife Praskovia.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1708-1728) was the daughter of Czar Peter I "the Great" of Russia and his wife Catherine I.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1280-1327) was the oldest daughter of King Albert I of Germany and his wife Elisabeth.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1316-1319) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and his first wife Beatrix.
Anna (1326-1361) was also another daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and his second wife Margaret.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1366-1394) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and his wife Elisabeth.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1432-1462) was the daughter of King Albert II of Germany and his wife Elisabeth of Luxembourg. He later married the Duke of Saxony.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1610-1665) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II and his wife Maria Anna of Bavaria. She later married the Elector of Bavaria.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1634-1696) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III and his first wife Maria Anna of Spain. She later married Philip IV of Spain.

Maria Anna (1654-1689) was also another daughter of Emperor Ferdinand III and his third wife Eleonora Gonzaga.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna was the name of three daughters of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.
1. Maria Anna (1672-1672) by his first wife Margarita of Spain
2. Anna (1674-1674) by his second wife Claudia of Austria
3. Maria Anna (1683-1754) by his third wife Eleonore. This daughter later married King Joao V of Portugal.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1718-1744) was the younger sister of famous Maria Teresa of Austria.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1734-1776) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VIII Albert and his wife Maria Amalie of Austria.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1738-1789) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Empress Maria Theresa. She was a nun.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1804-1858) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Francis II and his second wife Maria Teresa.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Maria Anna (1551-1608) was the daughter of Duke Albert V of Bavaria. She was married to Charles II of Austria.
-- CarolinW  6/19/2012
Anna (1903-1976) was the youngest daughter of King Frederick Augustus III of Saxony and his wife Luise.
-- CarolinW  6/20/2012
Anna (1567-1613) was the daughter of Augustus, Elector of Saxony and his wife Anna of Denmark.
-- CarolinW  6/21/2012
A beautiful and also very practical name as most people in most languages can pronounce it (and it is clearly feminine, goes well with short and long last names, has a positive meaning) – what else do you want?!
-- regula  7/7/2012
It's so very common and plain, and pleasant. If you want my opinion, go with Annie, it's prettier. There is a song called "Annie" and it's from the rock band Elastica, listen to it some time.
-- Anonymous User  7/14/2012
Anna (1420-1462) was the daughter of Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and his wife Katharina.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Anna (1437-1512) was the daughter of Frederick II, Elector of Saxony and his wife Margarete of Austria.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Maria Anna (1672-1672) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and his first wife Margarita of Spain.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Maria Anna (1728-1797) was the daughter of Augustus III of Poland and his wife Maria Josepha.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Maria Anna (1574-1616) was the daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria and his wife Renata. She was married to Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
No one mentioned the famous Anna Nicole Smith. Now there is an interesting famous bearer. However, her real name was Vickie Lynn Marshall, and later changed it to Anna Nicole Smith. She was a famous porn star/model/actress. This was a woman that had a lot going on in her life, plenty to talk about for those who like to gossip and for gossip magazines.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2012
Maria Anna (1805-1877) was the daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his second wife Karoline. Her twin sister Sophie was the mother of Franz Joseph I of Austria and Maximilian I of Mexico.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Maria Anna (1834-1776) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII and his wife Maria Amalia.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Anna Kelly, or Kelly Ann make a good combo, even Anna Agatha, or Agatha Anna. It's something different, and they sound kinda funny.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2012
Maria Anna (1696-1750) was the daughter of Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and his second wife Theresa.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Maria Anna (1660-1690) was the daughter of Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria and his wife Enrichetta of Savoy.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
I know a girl who wishes her name was Anna. I informed her that it goes with Anna... Puta-Anna. "Puta" means slut in Spanish, and in Greek "Putana" means slut put together. That's just a dirty teaser. Other than that, it's a name common beyond limits... I don't care about this name.
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2012
Anna (1836-1859) was the daughter of King John of Saxony and his wife Amalie.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Anna (1836-1859) was the daughter of King John of Saxony and his wife Amalie.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Anna (1544-1577) was the daughter of Maurice, Elector of Saxony and his wife Agnes.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Anna (1586-1586) was the daughter of Christian I, Elector of Saxony and his wife Sophie.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
Anna means grace in Hebrew, but Anne means mother in Turkish. Pronounced AHN-NEH. They are both nice names when pronounced AHN-NUH, and AHN-NEH.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2012
Anna Mary Sewell (1820-1878) was an English novelist famous for the classic children's novel, Black Beauty.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2012
Anna Chlumsky (born 1980 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2012
People like to comment how "boring" names like Anna seem to them, but it's up to a person to be exciting... not his or her name. Someone could have an exciting name like Zephyr or Kai and be an absolute snore.

Yes, Anna is common but it is also so many great things:
1. Easy to pronounce in many languages, including Japanese (hard to find names that work in both English and Japanese)
2. Is used in sooo many countries, including Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. This lends itself well to a well-traveled young woman
3. Palindrome (lessens teasing in grade school)
4. Not much teasing potential... Rhymes with banana and everyone loves bananas lol
5. Easy for kids to learn to write
6. Ages very well (Anna can be President or CEO or doctor or a ballerina or someone's sweet grandmother)
7. Wouldn't cause discrimination on a resume
8. Great meaning

Not bad, huh?
-- C.Ambrosi  9/29/2012
This most common name I know, besides Ann or Anne.
-- SEC908  10/7/2012
Anna Jagodzińska (b. 1987) is a Polish fashion model.
-- overtheclouds  10/20/2012
Anna is an undying name. Undying and quite frankly immortal, huh? Anna is in fact a very common name, and everything else raised from personal opinion is factious.
-- Anonymous User  10/24/2012
Derives from Zeus's (olympic God) surname: "ανα" deriving from "ανω" meaning in Greek: "up". This is why in Hebrew is masculine name. In Spanish has only one "n"(Ana).
-- georgev1112  12/10/2012
Actress Anna Sten (1908-1993).
-- moonbaby9307  12/29/2012
Beautiful name. It's so classic and pretty!
-- Melys11  1/20/2013
I like the name Anna. It may be a little plain, but I think that's why I like it so much. It's not overly complicated like some names and it's simple and pretty. I am reminded of a little girl named Anna I taught in Sunday school - so this name has good memories for me.
-- mercygirl  3/13/2013
Actress Anna Kendrick is a famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  3/25/2013
I love the name Anna, I prefer it to Hannah personally. Anna is timeless, beautiful, simple... An all around great name to have. And it's very easy to find a middle name that sounds good with it!
-- Oohvintage  5/22/2013
I like this name, it is pretty and simple. This is my cousin's\friend's name and it fits her well, I think it is a wonderful name and I like it more now than I used to.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2013
Usually pronounced ann-uh in English, but sometimes pronounced Ah-nuh. In my experience, people who pronounce it Ah-nuh always throw a fit if you pronounce it Ann-uh. It's funny. I guess either way is ok to me.
-- thesnowwhiterose  6/17/2013
Anna Magdalena Bach (22 September 1701- 22 February 1760) was the second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach. She was a professional singer.
-- ophelia  9/11/2013
Anna (along with her sister Elsa) is a new Disney princess from the 2013 movie Frozen.
-- Ranchie  12/29/2013
It is used in Latvian language. It is a really traditional name.
-- thelittlebitch  1/17/2014
For some reason, with Anna compared to Hannah, I do find Anna prettier, but sometimes it feels a bit 'fierce' compared to Hannah. That's why Hannah is the 'sweeter' one, in my opinion.
-- Hushpuppy  4/8/2014
A timeless name that never seems to be considered too old-fashioned. Popular, yes. Nice? Pretty? Of course it is! :D
-- LoveHeartKawaii  4/20/2014
I love this name. It's timeless and classic and who cares if it's immensely popular! Name your daughter this and she'll have a beautiful, simple, classy name.
-- Alexanna  5/29/2014
It's a cute name, but so very common.
Famous fictional bearers include:
Anna Karenina the title heroine of Leo Tolstoy's novel
Princess Anna of Arendelle from Disney's 2013 animated hit Frozen.
-- gh1995  6/15/2014
Honestly, I like the popularity flow of this name. It has always, for almost a century, stayed common but not like Sophia common, like this name has so much potential to it. It such a sweet little classic that will never stop, but also personally to me, it got better because of frozen.
-- 555jazzy  7/25/2014
Also widely used in Russia, but rarely in its full form. Anya is a possible contraction you can hear in Russia.
-- Reenie_12  8/1/2014
There is an actress called Anna Shaffer. She played Romilda Vane in the Harry Potter film series.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  8/19/2014

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