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Gender Feminine
Scripts ‘Αγνη(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. AG-nis(English)
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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) Agni(Greek) Ágnes, Ági(Hungarian) Aignéis, Nainsí(Irish) Agnese, Ines(Italian) Agnese, Agnija, Inese, Ina(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
User SubmissionAgnés


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


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