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Scriptsחַנָּה Hebrew حنّة Arabic
PronouncedPron.HAN-ə English
HA-na German

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name חַנָּה (Channah) meaning "favour, grace", derived from the root חָנַן (chanan). In the Old Testament this is the name of the wife of Elkanah. Her rival was Elkanah's other wife Peninnah, who had children while Hannah remained barren. After a blessing from Eli she finally became pregnant with Samuel.

As an English name, Hannah was not regularly used until after the Protestant Reformation. The Greek and Latin version Anna, which is used in the New Testament, has traditionally been more common as a Christian name.
VariantsChanah, Channah Hebrew Hanna, Hanne German Hanna Dutch Hanna, Hanne Swedish
Masculine FormHanan Biblical
Other Languages & CulturesQuanna African American Ane, Anne Basque Anna, Hanna Belarusian Anna Biblical Greek Channah Biblical Hebrew Anna Biblical Latin Anna, Annick Breton Ana, Anna, Ani, Anka Bulgarian Aina, Anna, Anaïs Catalan Ana, Hana, Anica, Anita, Anja, Anka, Ankica, Jana Croatian Anna, Hana, Aneta Czech Anna, Anne, Hanna, Ane, Anika, Anita, Anja, Annette, Hanne Danish Anna, Anu Estonian Anna Faroese Anna, Anne, Hanna, Anita, Anja, Anneli, Anni, Anniina, Annika, Annikki, Annukka, Anu, Hannele, Niina Finnish Antje Frisian Ana, Anano, Ani, Anuki Georgian Anna Greek Anna, Hanna, Anett, Anikó, Annuska, Panna, Panni Hungarian Anna, Hanna Icelandic Anna, Annabella, Annetta Italian Anna, Anita Latvian Ona Lithuanian Anke, Antje Low German Ana Macedonian Anna, Anne, Hanna, Anita, Anja, Annette, Anniken, Hanne Norwegian Anna, Anaïs Occitan Anna, Hanna, Aneta, Ania, Anita, Anka, Hania Polish Ana, Anabela, Anita Portuguese Ana, Anca, Ani Romanian Anna, Ania, Annushka, Anushka, Anya Russian Annag, Nandag Scottish Ana, Anica, Anja, Anka, Jana Serbian Anna, Hana Slovak Ana, Anica, Anika, Anita, Anja Slovene Ana, Anabel, Ani, Anita Spanish Anna, Hanna Ukrainian Hena, Henda, Hene, Henye, Hendel Yiddish


Depiction of the biblical Hannah (the mother of Samuel) by Rembrandt (1631)Depiction of the biblical Hannah (the mother of Samuel) by Rembrandt (1631)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute