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1
Little Ann and Old Dan were the hunting dogs Billy bought in Where the Red Fern Grows, 1961.
noisynora  10/28/2020
3
I love the simplicity and timeless style of Ann. It is my mother's middle name and therefore will always have a special place in my heart.
noisynora  10/28/2020
5
It’s pretty, but I prefer Anne as it looks more complete.
AbbeyDawn  9/14/2020
1
Ann Widdecombe, a British politician from the Brexit Party (formerly Conservative). Known for her strong Catholic views and traditionalist approach to social issues, as well as having some fame in pop culture from her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2020
2
I prefer Anne with an e. Also, Annie is a good nickname.
HermioneGranger101  8/10/2020
1
Also Estonian: https://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann
Frollein Gladys  7/22/2020
5
Ann is a classic name with much beauty and strength. It is also an underused classic. I think many new parents will come to appreciate its rarity when looking for a beautifully simple classic name. It just barely makes the top 1000 most used girls names in the United States. My first name is Ann and I have always been very proud of it. I am in my early 30s now and it is very rare to meet someone my age or younger with this name. I was surprised to see so many negative comments about a name that is such a timeless choice... I just had to add my positive perspective in case the negative remarks drive away people from considering it for their baby. If my name wasn't already Ann I would name my daughter Ann:)
BirchAnn  7/7/2020
2
Ann= i n c o m p l e t e

I prefer Anne :)
SaltyLemon123456  6/24/2020
1
Anne Nevile is the wife of Richard III.
Athing  5/26/2020
0
I still think Ann isn't that pretty and sounds too old-fashioned, but this could be a nice middle name.
someone-  5/24/2020
2
Ann Takamaki (pronounced AHN and not AN), one of the protagonists from the popular video game Persona 5.
mdo19  5/19/2020
-2
I don’t like it. Anne is a little better. It’s so plain and boring and reminds me of an old lady. It’s WAY better as a middle name.
Chibi_Sam  5/1/2020
-1
Too simple. At least use Anne.
saturnbrat  4/25/2020
2
My name is Ann, and I absolutely hate it! Whenever I go to the doctor or really anywhere (since I am too young to go by myself) people think that my mom is the one who is named Ann. This name is very dated, and people will always assume that you are older than you are. It’s bland and boring, and the spelling “Ann” just looks incomplete. It leaves no room for nicknames since it is already so short. If you plan on naming your daughter Ann, I encourage you to be more creative. There are many names including Annabelle, Annalise, Anna, Annika, that have the possibility to be shortened to Ann. At the very least, consider spelling it as Anne.
― Anonymous User  3/31/2020
-2
Not very pretty and makes me think of an old lady. I prefer Anna.
someone-  3/15/2020
2
I prefer Anna or Anne.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2020
1
Ann Sheridan (1915-1967) was an American actress.
Emily Ann  1/13/2020
1
Ann Blyth is an American actress.
Emily Ann  1/13/2020
3
Ann is my mom's name. Though her friends call her Anny. I like it.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2019
3
Beautiful name, there have been no fewer than four Annies in my family, to include my grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother along with an aunt. Due to such a rich familial heritage, I plan to name my daughter Ann, as a first name, should I ever have one.
Kbo  10/19/2019
-1
Kind of boring.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2019
0
Also the Manx form of Anna:http://www.ceantar.org/Dicts/Manx/mx01.html
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Ann#Manx [noted -ed]
Frollein Gladys  9/4/2019
5
I think Ann is a short and pretty name.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2019
4
I am starting to like Ann. This spelling looks nice to me, very simple and sweet and hard to shorten except to Annie, which is already longer than the name is and Nancy which people associate more as a regular name because it has enough usage as a first name so that people recognize it as one. I would bet that a little girl named Ann would be called Annie before Nancy though. Anne looks more Biblical though because that is the original spelling, then Ann in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2019
1
I'm named after my grandmother who spells her name as Anne and to distinguish both of us, I was called by my middle name Marie which I felt was just as boring. As I have gotten older, I appreciate the simplicity of it because I can't pronounce or spell the new crazy names they have these days. I don't understand why some people have taken unique to the level they have.

I agree with the other posts that have mentioned adding the 'e' seems to complete it and often times, when people don't know me, will seem to automatically add the E but it doesn't bother me.
AnnoE  3/12/2019
2
I prefer Anne, but this version is pretty too.
Blackflower  2/22/2019
4
I'm a Jade Ann & my mother is a Nicola Ann, we have kept the tradition that the first born female has this as a middle name in our family.
JAF  10/31/2018
2
In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ann who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 134th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
-11
Ugly and ”Plain Jane” I hate the name Anne too. And it reminds me of that stupid, obnoxious, boring show “Anne with an E”.
Curious me  9/8/2018
-1
Ann is even more plain than Anne. Anne Shirley is right, the E at the end does make a difference.
kayisforkeen  8/12/2018
1
Even though Ann and Anne are quite common, they aren't really the sort of names that you would actually see in a whole crowd of people.
Hushpuppy  7/23/2018
1
Ann Turner Cook is a mystery novelist, but you probably know her better as the Gerber Baby. She was five months old when she modeled for the original drawing in 1927.
That70sShowGeek  7/5/2018
1
I notice a lot of females with the name Patricia have this as a middle name.
Luvbug86  5/17/2018
-2
Ann Coulter is a misogynistic women who would prefer if women can't vote and she has ties with Fox News and anyone who does is generally stupid. Besides, this name is boring. Anna is still boring, but at least Ann Coulter isn't named that.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2018
2
I really like the spelling of this name as Anne, pronounced Ann not Annie. Pretty and regal.
Graceful1  2/11/2018
3
I love this name. It's my favorite baby name. Ann even looks like a baby when it's written in lowercase:

Ann: See the baby's head, arms, and legs? It's a baby crawling to the left with a little hairband on.
annnamebabyname  2/5/2018
3
At first I hated my name "Ann", (my grandfather wanted Patricia but my father wanted a name that could not be shortened or made into something else, so I got "Ann" without the "E" so I couldn't be called "Annie") I mainly hated it because each time I heard it, I was always in trouble, I felt it had no good to it. But as I got older, things changed, the name became more fitting, then as my husband called or said my name it felt of love. It was a soft, gentle name, then once the grandchildren came along, they heard me being called "Annie" and thought it was "Nanny" so of course that is what stayed. I am proud of my name now, and I like it better without the "E," the "E" to me just makes it look like something is missing, like it is meant to be "Annie" and they forgot the "I"..
thehillz  12/26/2017
3
I prefer this spelling to Anne, which looks a bit frilly. I probably wouldn't use it, but it's quite nice. Sadly, it is often stuffed into the middle-name-slot.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2017
-1
Beautiful sounding, but Ann Coulter has really damaged this name. If you name your daughter Ann, try adding an -E to the end so that they don't get associated with bigots or anything like that.
musicblind  9/26/2017
0
Sofia Ann
Lillie Ann
Ruby Ann
Elizabeth Ann
Julia Ann
Grace Ann
Rose Ann
Tara Ann
Laura Ann
Clara Ann
Jessica Ann
Holly Ann
Mary Ann
Sarah Ann
Melissa Ann.
CinderellaTiger  7/1/2017
3
I think I like this name better without an E. It's so simple, flowery and feminine. My grandmother's middle name is Ann, and it goes along really well with her first name, Julia.
CinderellaTiger  7/1/2017
1
Ann Curry is an American television personality, news journalist and photojournalist. Curry has been a reporter for more than 30 years, focused on human suffering in war zones and natural disasters. Curry has reported from the wars in Syria, Palestine, Darfur, Congo, the Central African Republic, Kosovo, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq, among others. Curry has covered numerous disasters, including the tsunamis in Southeast Asia and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where her appeal via Twitter topped Twitter's 'most powerful' list, credited for helping speed the arrival of humanitarian planes.
cutenose  6/28/2017
0
Nice name but the nickname at the end is kinda weird. But then it would make 'An' which is a word. So...
Phoenix Gemstone  6/26/2017
4
The name Ann was given to 264 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Ann are female.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
0
Ann is very plain but I'd still use it! I think Ann seems short, so I'd spell it Anne, and call her Annie. It also makes a perfectly good middle name.
Tatumarore  5/31/2017
-1
I hate this form of the name. I like Anne better, but if it's a middle name then 'Ann' is better. Eg, Stephanie Ann is better than Stephanie Anne, same with Elizabeth Ann than Elizabeth Anne. So basically Anne for first name, and Ann for middle name.
DundiculutNicholas  1/8/2017
-4
Ann sounds like ant and just as insignificant... Anna is better but not after Anna Nicole threw her fat ass around with it.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2016
4
My name is Ann Theresa. My first name is short, but I like it very much. I am named after St. Ann, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I think it's a shame more girls today do not share my name.
AnnInFL  8/24/2016
0
I like Anne better than Ann and I like Anne with Anne-Marie. I know it's common but it's just so pretty!
Sania01  7/25/2016
1
This name is also spelled Anne, and more often so.
Eileen1209864  7/5/2016
1
Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.
cutenose  5/31/2016
4
A lot of people are kind or mean about the name Ann. It's an older name for first names and is fast becoming a middle name. You see it a lot as a way to honor family members and while I was not a fan of it growing up, I think it's a sweet name.
Botaco1984  3/26/2016
3
Ann is a beautiful name. It is approachable, sweet, stable and sure of herself. It is not mixed up with trying to prove herself to the world, but a girl who will find happiness in anything she tries to accomplish. Ann is goodness. Ann is out in this world on an adventure but not ridden with anxiety and complexity. Ann sets goals, works towards them and doesn't forget to smell the roses along the way. Ann is confident while being liked by all. Ann is not fake and phony and pompous. Ann is real. Ann is someone you'd love to have as a best friend. Ann is pretty. Put an a on the end of Ann and you've got, Anna... sophisticated, alluring and admirable. Both are beautiful.
tiff-claire  9/3/2015
3
Beauty, beauty! Ann Frank.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
1
She actually spelled her name Anne, not Ann.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2020
1
Ann Sothern (Born Harriet Arlene Lake) (Born: January 22, 1909, Died: March 15, 2001) was an American film and TV actress.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2014
0
I like the spelling 'Anne' better. The 'e' in the end in my opinion makes the name look more complete and visually appealing.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2014
1
Ann Doran (1911-2000) was an American actress.
Oohvintage  7/23/2013
-3
Too short and boring. Use it as a nickname for Annabelle, Anneliese, etc.
Hushpuppy  9/21/2011
0
In Arrested Development George Michael dated a girl named Ann who's was very plain, bland and forgettable.
KaNugget  6/21/2011
-5
Boring and bland. Heck, it even rhymes with bland!
― Anonymous User  4/14/2011
1
More to-the-point than frillier Anne.
Not that either name is very "frilly".
They are both boring, minimalist names, but they do have a pretty sound and I don't think they'll ever fall out of favour.
DaphneSusan  10/14/2010
-1
I really hate dull, ubiquitous, uninspiring names like Ann/Anne. 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  7/29/2010
2
This is my middle name. In my opinion, it sounds nice paired with my first name, Destiny. Destiny Ann. Besides my name, I prefer it as a nickname for Anna or Annie, but it's alright on its own, too.
Black_X  5/5/2010
2
I think this is a simple and sweet name, and works well with so many other names as noted. Sans "e" or with it, it's a darn site better than some of the ridiculous names people come up with for their kids these days. Especially the celebrity set, but don't get me started.
peta  4/30/2010
2
My grandmother and aunt both have this as a middle name. I guess Mom wanted some difference for my middle name while still keeping the tradition, so she tacked on the "e." Not that I mind. Both spellings are perfectly nice.
Katsuno_Hitomi  12/23/2009
3
Ann is also an Old Greek name meaning 'flowery, blossom'.
AttiAnn  10/16/2009
-3
This name is rather dull.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2009
1
Several people have brought up "Anne of Green Gables" and that character's stated preference for the "e" spelling. I've always had a fondness for the simpler "Ann" spelling. Some of us like the matter-of-factness of it. The "e" seems like an attempt to dress up an already streamlined, straightforward name. The two spellings DO have different "feels." Ann is peppy, sprightly, high spirited and sassy (think Ann Sheridan, Ann Sothern, Ann Landers). Anne is willowy, sips tea and writes verse (badly). No need for the "e" unless you're French (or pseudo-French).
gbcallahan  6/29/2009
2
The name of a My Ruin song is "Miss Ann Thrope".
Kerules  4/8/2009
4
I really like the name Ann. I don't really think it changes when it has an 'e' at the end. I almost prefer it spelled like this. Sure, it's plain, but it's still really pretty. I especially like the nickname Annie. :)
MtotheK  2/21/2009
1
Ann Reinking (born November 10, 1949) is an American actress and dancer. She began her career performing in a number of ensemble roles in the Broadway productions "Coco", "Wild and Wonderful", and "Pippin", with additional leading roles in "Goodtime Charley" and "Dancin'", and took over roles in "Chicago" and "Sweet Charity", as well as the film "All That Jazz". She since has turned to a career in choreography, particularly her Tony Award-winning work in the 1996 Broadway revival of "Chicago".
AndrewJKD  12/8/2008
2
A famous bearer was the gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe, who wrote The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho. Her novels were hugely influential.
Amy456  12/5/2008
-2
This is my middle name, and I've always hated it. I agree with slight_night_shiver and the rest of you, it's total filler. Unfortunately, the middle name "Ann" goes back in my family for generations and my mother insists on writing my name as "Colleen Ann" rather than just "Colleen"--even though that's all I go by. Oddly enough, I love the simple beauty in the nearly identical name Anne, to the point where I sometimes find myself squeazing the "E" at the end.
Future parents: If you like the sound, please, for your daughter's sake, add the "E"!
Lady Seashell  10/30/2008
0
This has to be one of the most boring names out there. I prefer Anne. As one person on Name Nerds pointed out, it's just 'an' with an extra N. Ann's also used as a thoughtless filler middle name.
bananarama  7/25/2008
1
Ann Bradshaw is a character in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing). She is said to have a lovely singing voice.
katydid09  7/16/2008
-1
My middle name is Ann. I think it's pretty, but too plain, I wish it was Annie, Annabell, or Annette, or any other version with more than one syllable. But none-the-less it's a great middle name, because it can compliment almost any first name. :D
As a first name I'd definitely recommend going with a longer version, and letting Ann just be a nickname of it.
not_another_Jessica  6/22/2008
-2
People like Ann Coulter and Ann Althouse have totally ruined my associations with this name, but it always struck me as a terribly boring, overly minimalist name. It's horribly overused as a middle name, and it is a clear sign that the parents didn't feel like bothering too much coming up with an innovative middle name, so they used this total filler middle name. I bet many women with this as their first name were unwanted children, and their parents just picked a common name to get it over with.
slight night shiver  4/25/2008
1
Ann Darrow was a character in "King Kong" in both the 1933 original and 2005 remake films. In the 1933 film, she was portrayed by Fay Wray and by Naomi Watts in 2005. In the 1976 version, she was replaced by a character named Dwan, played by Jessica Lange. In the films, the character is a struggling Depression-era actress who is taken in by filmmaker Carl Dunham. They travel to Skull Island, where she is taken captive by island natives and offered up as a sacrifice to Kong, a god-like figure to them. Kong falls in love with her.
AndrewJKD  3/15/2008
3
Ann is my middle name. I really like it. Although I hate my first name Carly, with Ann it makes it more like even, because Carly isn't really a serious name, kinda a little girl name, and Ann is kinda more of a mature name so in the end it is like a balance for names.
carly_ann  1/16/2008
-2
It's a very boring name. Ann. Bleh.
nessime  11/11/2007
4
The name Ann is simple, yet beautiful and elegant. It has stood the test of time, and every Ann I know is beautiful. Classic and timeless, it has a real beauty in its simplicity. There is Anne Archer, Ann Curry, Anne Hathaway, Ann Margeret, many famous people with this name, young and old. Its nicknames and variations are equally as nice; Annie, Anna, all of which are associated with strength and elegance. I also like the spelling; Ayn.
macgirl  11/8/2007
-2
Too boring and plain for me.
spaz123  8/13/2007
1
Like Anne of Green Gables, I prefer Anne with an E.
LilaMayaNeve  6/30/2007
0
I agree that Ann is a rather plain name, but there are middle names that go well with it. My middle name is Marie (another common middle name) and they go perfectly together. A few people call me Annmarie.
warren61889  6/15/2007
0
This name is starting to be a really common middle name for girls. A bunch of people have either this spelling or Anne as their middle names. Marie is a common middle name as well.
CharlieRob  5/9/2007
2
I love this name. I have friend named Ann who has made me love this name. My name is Anna and I think I like Ann better.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2007
2
Ann Harvey was a young Newfoundlander who helped save over a hundred shipwrecked survivors during the 1820's.
scarletquillraven  2/20/2007
1
Anne of Green Gables is right. Ann does look better with an 'e'. This name is so plain! I mean, Jane and Jill are plain, but at least they look nice! I guess that's because when I was little, Ann was one of those names that they used for story problems in math.
7up  2/17/2007
1
My name's Chelsea-Ann, and although I don't use the Ann part normally I always make sure I have my full name on anything I'm proud of (like my Degree.) I get Ann off my Aunty, who is a great woman.
KiwiBunnz  2/11/2007
3
I think the name Ann is beautiful! It's so simple, yet so pretty!
― Anonymous User  1/21/2007
0
I hate this name with a passion that burns a thousand suns! It is SO boring! This is something that you would name your baby girl if you absolutely hated her! It seems that everyone and their mothers' brothers' ex-wifes' hairdressers' second cousins' wifes' has this as a miidle name.
ellahcooper2495  1/17/2007
3
Novelists: Ann Granger, Ann Rule and Ann Voss Peterson.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
2
I love my middle name. It is short, but a traditional name.
Emma McHnery  8/30/2006
-3
Boring! Zzzzzzzzz.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2006
1
A famous bearer of this name is Ann Wilson. Ann is the lead singer of "Heart".
sineadleigh  5/19/2006
2
I agree, I like spelling my middle name with an 'E'. It's the prettiest name, even if it is becoming popular as a middle name. :)
― Anonymous User  3/22/2006
2
Ann is my second middle name of two. It is my maternal grandmother's middle name, and I like it. I sort of prefer it spelled Anne, however. But the name itself is nice. It's sad that it is becoming so common for a middle name.
claraelizabethann  2/27/2006
3
In Sweden it is very common with hyphenated names like Ann-Sofie, Ann-Charlotte, Ann-Marie, Ann-Louise etc.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2006
2
A famous bearer is Swedish-born actress Ann-Margret (born Ann-Margret Olsson on April 28, 1941). She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the title character's mother in the popular 1975 movie "Tommy".
AndrewJKD  12/21/2005
4
Ann is a pretty first and middle name, I like it both ways.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2005
-2
Ann Berlin also had this name. The first of all of king Henry's wives. Exiled because she could not give him a heir.
jessica22  11/28/2005
3
Her name was Anne Boleyn not Ann Berlin.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2011
5
Jessica22: you have your facts ALL wrong. The first of Henry VIII's wives was Catherine of Aragon, not Ann Berlin. His second wife's name was Anne Boleyn, not Ann Berlin. (Note the E.) And finally, she was beheaded, not exiled, because she did not produce a MALE heir. (She did produce an heir, though, who later became Queen Elizabeth I.)
― Anonymous User  8/9/2006
3
Ann was one of the famous Charles Darwin's 10 children. Sadly she died at the age of ten with turburculosis.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2005
-3
Actually, Anne Boleyn was not exiled, but exectued, and her name was spelt Anne not Ann. I also think Ann is too short, Anne looks far better and more complete than Ann.
bellaboo  11/13/2006
1
Ann Gustafson Frake is a Christian author. Her books include EMERALD ELEPHANT, GOLDEN BEE and CRYSTAL DRAGON.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2005
1
Ann Matthews Martin (born 1955) wrote the Baby Sitters Club books for girls. I used to love those books when I was younger.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2005
3
Actually, "Elise" would be a good middle name for "Ann": Ann(e) Elise.
Tbird  8/19/2005
3
Another good middle name with Ann is Carol.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2005
-2
I don't think Ann is a good first name, only because middle names just don't sound right with it.
― Anonymous User  7/20/2005
-1
Personal impression: Anne looks better than Ann... too common, both of them. Urgh.
goneaway  5/16/2005
0
Two women that I absolutely loathe have born variations of the name Anne: Ann Coulter and Anita Bryant. Thanks to them, the lovely name of Anne has been befouled for me.
gaelruadh19  4/28/2005
2
I personally think that Ann is a name that is merely satisfactory, however, what comes out of my mind now has NOTHING to do with degrading America, I mean no harm or harrassment, so please don't call me diabolic! I have to agree with fellow user gaelruadh19 about one person with a petulant, malevolent, nefarious mind- American controversial bestselling conservative author and constitutional attorney, Ann Coulter! She said simply gruesome things about Canada when former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin was elected on November 30th/2003! How America is protecting Canada with a nuclear shield, how she hates Canadians because of some of us speak French! She also said that one day America can turn around and crush them on Fox! Along with Mr.Carlson, they thought that every Canadian was too busy dog sledding to care about politics! How juvenile and ignorant was that? Then, I thought that I would never forgive her. Until of course, I learned she was conservative - just like my family and I. Now that we have Stephen Harper, she must have gotten over herself, which is a relief! I just wish that she would publically take her inexusable words back! Long live the name!
Starla-Marie_1993  7/21/2006
3
I like it as a first name. I think it´s kind of pretty.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005
1
Famous bearer is child actress of the 1940´s, Ann Carter.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005
1
Another famous bearer is child actress, Ann E. Todd (born Anne Todd Mayfield).
― Anonymous User  4/14/2005
1
A very common middle name for girls.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2005

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