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Gender Feminine
Scripts חַנָּה(Hebrew) حنّة(Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. HAN-ə(English)
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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.
VariantsChana, Chanah, Hanna(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, Annaig, Annick(Breton) Ana, Anna, Anelia, Aneliya, Ani, Anka, Neli(Bulgarian) Aina, Anna, Anaïs(Catalan) Ana, Hana, Anica, Anita, Anja, Anka, Ankica, Jana(Croatian) Anna, Hana, Aneta(Czech) Anna, Anne, Hanna, Ane, Anette, 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, Anette, Anita, Anja, Annette, Anniken, Hanne(Norwegian) Anna, Anaïs(Occitan) Anna, Hanna, Aneta, Ania, Anita, Anka, Hania(Polish) Ana, Anabela, Anita(Portuguese) Ana, Anișoara, Anca, Ancuța, 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, Anuša, Nuša(Slovene) Hana(Sorbian) Ana, Anabel, Ani, Anita(Spanish) Anna, Hanna(Ukrainian) Henda, Hendel, Hene, Henye(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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