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ScriptsΑννα Greek Анна RussianUkrainianBelarusianBulgarianChurch Slavic
PronouncedPron.AN-ə English
AN-na ItalianPolishIcelandic
A-na GermanGreek
AHN-nah DutchNorwegianFinnish
AN-nah Danish
AWN-naw Hungarian
AN-nə RussianCatalan

Meaning & History

Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary. In the English-speaking world, this form came into general use in the 18th century, joining Ann and Anne.

The name was borne by several Russian royals, including an 18th-century empress of Russia. It is also the name of the main character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'Anna Karenina' (1877), about a married aristocrat who begins an ultimately tragic relationship with Count Vronsky.
VariantsAnissa, Ann, Anne, Keanna English Annabella Italian Anne German Anne, Annelien Dutch Anne Swedish Anne Norwegian Anne Danish Anne Finnish Ana Bulgarian Aina Catalan
DiminutivesAnnetta Italian Anika, Anina German Anika, Anke, Anneke, Anouk, Ans, Antje Dutch Annika Swedish Anniken Norwegian Ane, Anika Danish Anneli, Anni, Anniina, Annikki, Annukka, Anu, Niina Finnish Anu Estonian Anikó, Annuska, Panna, Panni Hungarian Aneta, Anka Polish Ania, Annushka, Anushka, Anya Russian Aneta Czech Ani, Anka Bulgarian Anaïs Catalan Anaïs Occitan Annick Breton
Masculine FormHanan Biblical
Other Languages & CulturesQuanna African American Hannah Arabic Ane, Anne Basque Channah Biblical Hebrew Ana, Hana, Anica, Anita, Anja, Anka, Ankica, Jana, Nensi Croatian Anne, Hannah, Anaïs, Annette, Annie, Anouk, Ninon French Antje Frisian Ana, Anano, Ani, Anuki Georgian Channah, Hannah, Chanah Hebrew Nainsí Irish Ona Lithuanian Anke, Antje Low German Ana Macedonian Ana, Anabela, Anita Portuguese Ana, Anca, Ani Romanian Annag, Nandag Scottish Ana, Anica, Anja, Anka, Jana Serbian Ana, Anica, Anika, Anita, Anja Slovene Ana, Anabel, Ani, Anita Spanish Hena, Henda, Hene, Henye, Hendel Yiddish
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Depiction of Saint Anna (a.k.a. Anne) from the 8th centuryDepiction of Saint Anna (a.k.a. Anne) from the 8th century


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