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A very common middle name for girls.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2005
Famous bearer - Anne Frank.
-- DarciElila  6/28/2005
Anne Frank's name was actually Anneliese.
-- Kosta  7/13/2006
Actually, Anne Frank's name was Annelies, not Anneliese.
-- rachypiesheepbaa  4/5/2009
This was also the Anglicized name of Henry VIII's fourth wife, German Anna of Cleves (known as Anne of Cleves).
-- Eirena  6/29/2005
Famous bearers are William Shakespear's wife, Anne Hathaway, and an actress Anne Hathaway who plays in the Disney movie The Princess Diaries.
-- Tbird  7/31/2005
Anne Bronte was one of youngest of three Bronte sisters and she was a famous writer. Her famous books are Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
-- Anjamon  9/17/2005
Anne was originally pronounced the same as 'Anna'. The spelling is German and the 'e' on the end only became silent when it began to be used in England following the arrival of Henry VIII's wife.
-- Amatire  11/10/2005
I would never call my daughter Anne. It's a very old name with no spark or imagination to it. Possibly the most boring name ever.
-- Dogsy  11/20/2005
Anne is also a very common Dutch name. The name is at this moment one of the most popular first names in the Netherlands. Also a funny fact: In the Frisian language (spoken in the Dutch province Friesland) it can also be a name for a boy. At my school there's a boy who bears the name 'Anne'. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  11/21/2005
In the Netherlands you pronounce the name Anne as: AHN-nuh, so two syllables.
-- Anonymous User  11/21/2005
Anne Elliot is the dynamic protagonist of Jane Austen's last completed novel Persuasion.
-- ars musica  11/30/2005
I quite agree with Anne of Green Gables that the E makes a big difference. Anne with an e is a whole lot more than just plain Ann.
-- Anonymous User  12/17/2005
I have a lot of friends who share this with me as a MIDDLE name and I like it. But not one person I know has it as a FIRST name.
-- KatrinaLee  2/13/2006
The name of the famed horror/drama author Anne Rice. She has wrote 23 books, including these series: The Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Queen of the Damned, etc.), New Tales of the Vampires, & Lives of the Mayfair Witches. She lives in New Orleans, where most of her novels are set.
-- gorgen_kally  2/18/2006
With Annabelle, Anneliese/Annalise and Annika, nevermind Anna, becoming extremely popular, Anne makes a tasteful, understated alternative. Friends just gave their baby daughter this as a first name and it's really refreshing and quite on a little girl, but the childhood nickname Annie can soften it, too. There should be more little Annes!
-- sara_anne  2/20/2006
Actress Anne Bancroft (1931-2005), who won the Oscar as Best Actress for her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in 'The Miracle Worker' and became an icon of the '60s with her role of Mrs. Robinson in 1967's 'The Graduate', where she seduces her daughter's boyfriend (Dustin Hoffman), bore this name. From 1964 until her death she was Mrs. Mel Brooks.
-- alberto  3/23/2006
Anne of Green Gables and the following books are some of the best books I have ever read. And I like the name very much. I think it sounds very 'pure'. Especially the Danish pronunciation of it: An-nuh.
-- Kris-tine  4/6/2006
This is my sister's middle name, Laurel Anne. I prefer Anne with the "e" than without it. Like my middle name Lynne with the "e" than without.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Don't know if this counts, but Anne Onymous from the webcomic The Wotch (thewotch.com).
-- Tiffany Twisted  4/30/2006
In all of my experiences with the French language, it seems to be pronounced 'Ahn'.
-- khaotickharma  5/17/2006
I hate when people pronounce it Annie instead of Anne.
-- liberty  5/30/2006
E makes a difference. I would name my child Anne because I think it has charm and elegance, yet still playful (espically if you sometimes went by Annie).
-- chihuahualover168  6/1/2006
My name is Anne, and while sometimes, I think it can be boring and short, it's actually a nice name. The "E" definitely makes it more elegant in my opinion. Ann just seems kind of bland.
-- GreenEyedDryad  6/6/2006
A not-so-famous bearer: Anne Gilbreth, the eldest of twelve children born to Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and the eldest sister of Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Earnestine Gilbreth Carey. (Authors of "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "Belles on Their Toes")
-- Eruanna_Meldiriel  6/23/2006
Queen Elizabeth II's daughter is also named Anne.
-- czechcrazy  7/21/2006
Lady Anne Boleyn was the second wife the King Henry the 8th of England, and mother of Queen Elizabeth the 1st. After having an affair with the Anne while he was still married, Henry divorced Princess Catherine of Aragon (the mother of the future Queen Mary, or Bloody Mary), and married Anne. When Anne failed to produce a male heir, Henry falsly accused her of adultery and had her beheaded in the Tower of London.
-- Pheadirean  8/2/2006
I think it's funny that someone doesn't like it when other people pronounce this name 'annie', because that's how I used to think it was pronounced!
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
I like Anne as a nickname for Hannah. But I agree with Anne Shirley: the name simply must have an *e* at the end!
-- Anonymous User  8/14/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Anne here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
Famous novelist: Anne Perry.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
In Norway (and I think in other places in Scandinavia) Anne is most common as a FIRST name. It is the most common female name.
-- uraula  12/12/2006
My mother's name is Anne, and I love this name. Not only is it so pretty, short and sweet but it's linked to many people I love and people I admire in history. I want to call my daughter Anne, after my mother.
-- Sophie-Lou  12/17/2006
I adore this name. It's pretty and elegant in a prim manner. The "e" at the end is perfect. Additionally, it can fit nearly anyone; even if the person is the farthest thing from prim and elegant, she can be called "Annie," which is more universal.
-- wordybookworm  1/13/2007
This is my little sister's favourite name. I was very proud of her when she told me that, because I was expecting her to pick something ridiculous or trendy, and instead she said "Anne with an 'e'." It's a lovely, elegant name.
-- Anonymous User  2/7/2007
My middle name is Anne and I don't particulary like it because I think it sounds posh for some reason.
-- Holzi194  2/15/2007
I've met people a couple people named Anne who insist on pronouncing the e for some reason, so it's just like the name Annie.
-- scarletquillraven  2/20/2007
I like this name. It's simple and common but still very nice. I like Anna too but I don't like Annie or Ann.
-- renee06  3/1/2007
Anne Shirley in the series of books starting with "Anne of Green Gables". I think that the author gave her the name Anne because it was/is a "plain" name. I personally do not think that the name Anne is plain, but there is another character in the books named Diana Barry. The name Diana is more elegant. I don't think that there are enough nicknames for Diana, Anne has at least three nicknames, Annie, Andie, Nan. Anne is also a nice name to hyphenate, Anne-Therese, Anne-Marie, Anne-Martine, Anne-Justine.
-- Anonymous User  3/27/2007
Anne Hathaway is a famous American actress who was the star in Princess Diaries, Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement, Ella Enchanted, along with other movies, as well, like The Devil Wears Prada. I, for one, loved her in Ella Enchanted, as it is my absolute favorite movie of all time. :)
-- sidewalkxlines  3/28/2007
This name exudes so much. Just like all of you are saying about Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables the E makes a huge difference. My name is Anne so I love my name. Sometimes I do hate it because it's so small and so known. But then again not many people have it. It makes me feel unique in a weird way. I love this name and wouldn't change it for the world. :]
-- annesadorkk  4/22/2007
I think that this spelling is more pretty than Ann, no offense to people who spell it that way. The "E" at the end makes it more complete and pretty.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
Author Anne Tyler has written numerous short stories and well over a dozen novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Breathing Lessons, Back When We Were Grownups, and Saint Maybe.
-- GasolineAllie  5/22/2007
I think the name Anne is lovely, especially as a middle name. I agree it is quite common but I still really like it. I don't mind the spelling Ann, but I would choose Anne.
-- Twix  6/13/2007
I would love this name if it was not borne by Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's 2nd wife, another famous bearer was Anne of Cleaves who I really like.
-- chloeellen  6/25/2007
Anne is my and my daughter's middle name, it's a bit boring for me (I prefer Anneliese or something) but it's a family name so I guess it's not too bad.
-- mum2bubba  6/26/2007
I think it's a cute cute name!
-- applemilk  8/18/2007
Jennifer Garner's middle name is Anne and her duaghter Violet's middle name is Anne. I like Betheny Anne.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2007
Surprised no one's mentioned this, but a famous author with this name is Anne McCaffrey, the author of the 'Dragonriders' series that Christopher Paolini took the idea from.
-- stormy_lovegood  10/8/2007
Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) was a Puritan preacher and a woman way ahead of her time. Although she lived a rough life and died an unfortunate death due to her non-conforming ways, she influenced many and remains a key figure in the development of religious freedom in America.
-- trayc53  10/20/2007
For me, Anne is just too boring. I'm not exactly a fan of one-syllable names, but I just think that Anne is too bland.
-- Penneyperson  1/20/2008
I quite like this name. Although, I would use it as a first name. As a middle name it's common, but as a first name, it's much more powerful in my opinion.
-- tu_es_faux  3/8/2008
Two famous bearers:

1.) Anne Mazer, the author of the series The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes.

2.) Anne M. Martin, the author of many American Girl books.
-- Patricia Underwood  3/9/2008
Begging your pardon, but although Ann M. Martin (no e) wrote The Baby Sitter's Club books, and Ten Kids, No Pets--among many others--she did not write ANY of the American Girls books.
-- Eruanna_Meldiriel  3/16/2010
I would use this name in a heartbeat. It's so elegant looking (that 'e' really does make so much difference), has a sweetness to it and also so much history; everywhere you look in history there are distinguished Annes to take your pick from. Ironically, although it's such a well-known name, it must be incredibly rare for baby girls at the moment - certainly rarer than Anna (basically Anne with "uh" stuck at the end - not half as attractive!). So an Anne born in 2008 would have the bonus of an uncommon name which everybody knows!
-- aquamarina  3/14/2008
I also agree that the 'e' makes all the difference in the world. I think the name Anne is sweet, but I don't know of many people who have it as their first name. I do, however, know many, MANY people who have Anne as their middle name.
-- Anonymous User  3/14/2008
A famous bearer is English actress Anne Kirkbride (born June 21, 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire). She's best known for her role as Deirdre Barlow on the popular British soap opera "Coronation Street". She made a bit appearance in November 1972, and became a contracted regular in May 1973.
-- AndrewJKD  4/1/2008
I love Anne as a first name, as it can be quite cute, almost spunky. As a middle name though, all the originality is drained away. I feel as though half the girls in America have either Anne, Rose, Grace or Marie as a middle name. To me the middle name Anne seems like the parents gave no thought at all to it and just tacked it on because they felt she needed a middle name but couldn't be bothered to think of anything interesting.

But as a first name it is gorgeous and refreshing.
-- ZoeAliza  4/7/2008
Anne (of course with an E) is an elegant-sounding middle name. If it is overused, oh well. It would make a nice, sane middle name for a girl with an esoteric first name.
-- Aileena  4/22/2008
I prefer it with this spelling, but it's still a dreadfully boring name, especially in English. In many other languages, the final 'e' is audible. In English, there's no difference between Ann and Anne in sound. Thus, the name reminds me of Ann Coulter too much. All in all, this name is overused, also here in Finland. It's a very unimaginative choice that makes it seem like the parents either didn't feel like giving it much thought or that they ran out of certain types of names (as in the case of my youngest aunt, it appears, as she is the youngest of six daughters with a name beginning with 'a' and flowing together with the rest of them in other ways too).
-- slight night shiver  5/15/2008
Anne Parillaud is a famous French actress who starred in Luc Besson's 'La Femme Nikita.' She is married to the musician Jean-Michel Jarre.
-- polyglot7  8/12/2008
Anne Brown (born 9 August 1912) is an American soprano, best known for originating the role of Bess in George Gershwin's folk opera "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway in 1935.
-- AndrewJKD  10/2/2008
Actress Anne Baxter was the beautiful princess Nefertiri in the 1956 movie "The Ten Commandents".
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2008
This name is also used in Limburgish. The Limburgish pronunciation is the same as the Dutch pronunciation.
-- Lucille  10/18/2008
A bearer of the name was Anne Bonny (1700-?), a famous Irish pirate who disguised herself as a man and served under her lover, Captain 'Calico Jack' John Rackham with her comrade-in-arms Mary Read. Their ship was captured in 1720 and the men were hung, but Anne pled pregnancy, received a stay of execution and simply disappears from record.
-- MorganBonny  10/29/2008
AH-nə-cha is a German name for Annie.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2008
My first name is Anne and when I was younger I wasn't a fan, but now at 25, I love my name and its meaning. I'm glad my Grandma suggested it to my parents. :)
-- AnniKat  3/2/2009
I really like this name, especially with Kelly before (Kelly-Anne). It makes a mix of young and old. Annie is also a beautiful name.
-- Melissaaa  5/26/2009
Annie is a nice nickname for Anne.
-- Alienor  5/29/2009
Rather boring, but it's lovely, beautiful and classic.
-- Anonymous User  5/31/2009
As long as we're being subjective here, I actually prefer the less pretentious "no-E" spelling. That seems like a wholesome, straightforward moniker, to me. "Ann" is a straightforward, phonetically accurate. "Anne," in most languages, is a two-syllable name. Even in French, the so-called silent "e" at the end can become "re-activated" as a schwa for emphasis. Ann is lively, peppy, good-natured. Anne is somewhat aloof, snooty and writes bad poetry. (But as everyone else says when they speak derogatorily of someone else's name), "no offense."
-- gbcallahan  6/30/2009
My brother's girlfriend's friend is called Anne but it's said like Anna because Anne is German.
-- 1998emma  7/9/2009
Not only do Dutch people say An-nu but so do the German.
-- 1998emma  7/9/2009
This is a delicate name that is short, simple, and pretty. It is too simple for my personal taste though.
-- Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
My middle name is way too common as a middle name, in my opinion. It just seems like parents ran out of ideas. I would like to see this used more as a first name, though.
-- Katsuno_Hitomi  12/23/2009
I like Anne okay as a first name but not as a middle name because it is so overused. It's like Lynn, Marie, Lee, etc. They are all used waaaay too often as middle names but hardly ever as firsts.
-- anonymous111  12/27/2009
I think it is a nice and classic name that no one can be embarrassed to be named. I think that Anne is the nicest with a middle name (Anne Christine, Anne Marie, Anne Caroline, Anne Theresa, to name just a few examples) so the child can choose whether she will just be called Anne or be called her middle name also. In addition, Anne Of Green Gables is a great book series! The books are probably a huge reason why I love the name Anne.
-- Luna Avril  3/5/2010
St Anne was Jesus's grandmother (Mary's mother) and this is the single biggest reason for the name's immense popularity. Her husband was called Joachim and this is very popular in continental Europe but strangely not in English-speaking countries.
-- Anton  3/13/2010
Anne is my middle name and I think it's the most boring middle name ever. It makes other filler names like Rose and Marie sound positively exotic.

Also, because my name ends in a vowel, when I tell people my name is Ceri Anne, they think I'm saying "Kerian".
-- SandSea  3/23/2010
Extremely historical name- the kind uncreative people kept using over and over, generation after generation. However it is very dignified.

I think it's funny how people keep saying they like the name because of Anne of Green Gables, when that character positively disliked her name. And I quote:

"But if you call me Anne please call me Anne spelled with an E.’

‘What difference does it make how it’s spelled?’ asked Marilla with another rusty smile as she picked up the teapot.

‘Oh, it makes SUCH a difference. It LOOKS so much nicer. When you hear a name pronounced can’t you always see it in your mind, just as if it was printed out? I can; and A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished. If you’ll only call me Anne spelled with an E I shall try to reconcile myself to not being called Cordelia.’" Chapter III.
-- JW41926  6/2/2010
I really hate dull, ubiquitous, uninspiring names like Anne/Ann. However, if English-speakers are going to use the name, I'd prefer they used the English spelling "Ann". It's a touch more patriotic lol.
-- JJSkeete  7/31/2010
Anne is graceful and delicate. I go by Anne (my middle name) very often as it is more graceful and delicate than my first name. Ann is so plain and yet Anne seems to be more than that. There are many nicknames to go along with it and it can also be a nickname itself. A wonderful classic name for any little girl.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2010
My name is Elizabeth Anne and my sister's is Katherine Anne... so we have the same middle name which I think was rather unoriginal for my parents.
-- Liesl  10/14/2010
I really like this name - quite regal, and refined. Ann's not bad either.
-- LullabyMoon11  10/22/2010
My FIRST name is Anne. I hated my name when I was a child, I thought it was so short. Anyways, I love my name now and the best part is that I've only met like one or two Anne's in my whole life. I think Anne is a pretty, sophisticated name and I love the French sound of it.
-- Anonymous User  12/26/2010
Princess Royal & Princess of Orange Anne (1709-1759), oldest daughter of King George II of Great Britain.
-- CarolinW  1/6/2011
I like the name Anne and it's a pretty name with a good meaning gracious, graceful. One of my middle names is Annette.
-- earthangel  3/6/2011
This is the name of Hogarth's mother in "The Iron Giant".
-- bathos  4/21/2011
I highly prefer this spelling to Ann. In my opinion, it looks so much prettier with an e on the end. To me, Ann looks unfinished. Besides, Anne is the original spelling.
-- Anonymous User  6/10/2011
My name is Anne and I want it to be pronounced just like "Ann" most of the time. I have not had a problem with this until this past year where I've had several health care providers pronounce my name as "Annie" when I am called into the doctor's office. My family calls me "Annie", so to me "Annie" is very personal and if I don't know you then I don't want you to pronounce my name as "Annie". I am actually baffled by another's comment that stated they knew people who insisted that Anne was pronounced "Annie". What has happened to the silent "e" in Standard American English? Do people now pronounce the name Diane as "Dianie"? Has the pronunciation of apple changed to "applie"? If you are a non-native English speaker then I can understand why you might not be familiar with the silent "e". But, if your first language is English and we are not friends, then please call me Anne, not "Annie".
-- Anne_NOT_Annie  9/14/2011
I prefer Anna (though dislike Hannah hugely), and while Ann is dull and a bit sad (seems like the indefinite promoun "an" with an extra n) Anne is refined and elegant - it makes me think of old gold! I'd rather be an Anne than a Madison or Mackenzie - Anne has history and tradition behind it.
-- Just Jonquil  10/13/2011
This name is nice, but it's been used so much, that it has no meaning or imagination anymore. I would never use this name for anything.
-- Anonymous User  12/15/2011
Princess Anne of England (1637-1640) was the daughter of King Charles I of England and his wife Henriette Marie of France. She died as a child.
-- CarolinW  6/8/2012
Anne was one of the daughters of King Edward IV of England and his wife Elizabeth Woodville. Through her older sister she was the aunt of King Henry VIII of England.
-- CarolinW  6/10/2012
Anne (1662-1662) was the oldest daughter of King Louis XIV of France and his wife Maria Teresa.
-- CarolinW  6/13/2012
Marie Anne (1664-1664) was the daughter of King Louis XIV of France and his wife Maria Teresa.
-- CarolinW  6/13/2012
Anne (1498-1498) was the only daughter of King Charles VIII of France and his wife Anne. She died young.
-- CarolinW  6/17/2012
Anne (1686-1687) was the daughter of Queen Anne of Great Britain and her husband Prince George of Denmark.
-- CarolinW  6/18/2012
Anne (1665-1714) was the daughter of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde. She later became Queen of Great Britain.
-- CarolinW  6/18/2012
Anne (1461-1522) was the daughter of King Louis XI of France and his wife Charlotte.
-- CarolinW  6/18/2012
This is an overused middle name in my family: Jessie-Anne (goes by Anne), Veronica Anne (goes by Anne), Lesley Anne, Samantha Anne, Chloe Anne. Therefore I cannot stand it as it screams of unoriginality to me.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2012
Anne Marie (born 1946) is the daughter of King Frederik IX of Denmark and his wife Ingrid. She is the younger sister of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and herself married to the former King of Greece.
-- CarolinW  7/16/2012
The famous Anne de Montmorency was a man, even if Anne is no longer use as a masculine first name.
-- translate-given-name  7/20/2012
Anne Welles is the name of a character in Jacqueline Susann's novel "Valley of Dolls" and its subsequent 1967 film adaptation. The character was portrayed by Barbara Parkins.
-- JoReia  8/31/2012
Anne is a beautiful, elegant and simple name. What I like the most about the name Anne is that Saint Anne was the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus, which makes it a dutiful religious reason for me to honour and respect this name.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  7/29/2014

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