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Gender Feminine
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Pronounced Pron. NAN
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Meaning & History

Originally a diminutive of ANN. It may have originated with the affectionate phrase mine Ann, which was later reinterpreted as my Nan. It is now also used as a short form of NANCY.
DiminutiveNance
Other Languages & CulturesQuanna(African American) Agnesa(Albanian) Agnes, Hagne(Ancient Greek) Hannah(Arabic) Ane, Anne(Basque) Anna, Hanna(Belarusian) Anna, Hannah(Biblical) Anna(Biblical Greek) Channah(Biblical Hebrew) Anna(Biblical Latin) Anna, Oanez, Annick(Breton) Ana, Anna(Bulgarian) Agnès, Aina, Anna, Anaïs(Catalan) Agneza, Ana, Hana, Ines, Janja, Nensi(Croatian) Anežka, Anna, Hana(Czech) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe, Ane, Anika, Anita, Annette(Danish) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Annelien, Hanna, Hannah, Anika, Anita, Anke, Anneke, Annet, Annette, Annie, Annika, Anouk, Ans, Antje, Nes, Neske(Dutch) Anna, Age, Anu(Estonian) Anna(Faroese) Anna, Anne, Aune, Hanna, Iines, Anita, Anneli, Anni, Anniina, Annika, Annikki, Annukka, Anu, Niina(Finnish) Agnès, Anne, Hannah, Inès, Anaïs, Annette, Annie, Anouk, Ninon(French) Antje(Frisian) Ana, Anano, Ani, Anuki(Georgian) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Hannah, Anika, Anina, Anita, Anneli, Annelie, Annett, Annette, Annika(German) Agni, Anna(Greek) Chana, Chanah, Hanna, Hannah(Hebrew) Ágnes, Anna, Hanna, Ági, Anett, Anikó, Annuska, Panna, Panni(Hungarian) Agnes, Anna, Hanna(Icelandic) Aignéis, Nainsí(Irish) Agnese, Anna, Annabella, Ines, Annetta(Italian) Agnese, Agnija, Anna, Inese, Anita(Latvian) Nes(Limburgish) Agnė, Inesa, Ona(Lithuanian) Anke, Antje(Low German) Agnija, Ana(Macedonian) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe, Anita, Annette, Anniken(Norwegian) Anna, Anaïs(Occitan) Agnieszka, Anna, Hanna, Anita, Jagienka, Jagna, Jagusia(Polish) Ana, Anabela, Inês, Anita(Portuguese) Ana, Anca, Ancuța, Ani(Romanian) Agnessa, Anna(Russian) Annag, Nandag(Scottish) Agnija, Ana, Janja(Serbian) Agnesa, Anna, Hana, Agneša(Slovak) Ana, Ines, Neža, Anica, Anika, Anita(Slovene) Ana, Anabel, Inés, Ani, Anita(Spanish) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Agneta, Agnetha, Anita, Anneli, Annelie, Annette, Annika, Hannah(Swedish) Anna, Hanna(Ukrainian) Nest, Nesta(Welsh) Hena, Henda, Hene, Henye(Yiddish)
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