Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. NAN-see

Meaning & History

Previously a medieval diminutive of Annis, though since the 18th century it has been a diminutive of Ann. It is now usually regarded as an independent name. During the 20th century it became very popular in the United States. A city in the Lorraine region of France bears this name, though it derives from a different source.

Related Names

DiminutivesNan, Nance
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, Annaig, 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, Agnethe, Ane, Anette, Anika, Anita, Annette, Anni(Danish) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Annelien, Hanna, Hannah, Anika, Anita, Anke, Anneke, Annet, Annette, Annie, Annika, Annuska, Anouk, Ans, Antje, Nes, Neske(Dutch) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Age, Anneli, Anni, Annika, Anu(Estonian) Anna(Faroese) Ana(Fijian) Anna, Anne, Aune, Hanna, Iines, Anita, Anneli, Anni, Anniina, Annika, Annikki, Annukka, Anu, Niina(Finnish) Agnès, Anne, Inès, Anaïs, Annette, Annick, Annie, Anny, Anouk, Ninon(French) Antje(Frisian) Ana, Anano, Ani, Anuki(Georgian) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Hannah, Anelie, Anika, Anina, Anita, Anneli, Annelie, Annett, Annette, Anni, Annika(German) Agni, Anna(Greek) Chana, Chanah, Hanna, Hannah(Hebrew) Ágnes, Anna, Hanna, Ági, Anett, Anikó, Anita, Panka, Panna, Panni(Hungarian) Agnes, Anna, Hanna(Icelandic) Aignéis, Nainsí(Irish) Agnese, Anna, Annabella, Ines, Annetta(Italian) Agnese, Agnija, Anna, Inese, Anita, Ina(Latvian) Nes, Neske(Limburgish) Agnė, Inesa, Ona(Lithuanian) Anke, Antje(Low German) Agnija, Ana(Macedonian) Ann(Manx) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Agnete, Agnethe, Anette, Anita, Annette, Anniken(Norwegian) Anna, Anaïs(Occitan) Agnieszka, Anna, Hanna, Anita, Jaga, Jagienka, Jagna, Jagusia(Polish) Ana, Anabela, Inês, Anita(Portuguese) Ana, Anca, Ancuța, Ani, Anișoara(Romanian) Agnessa, Anna, Inessa, Agnia, Agniya(Russian) Annag, Nandag(Scottish) Agnija, Ana, Janja(Serbian) Agnesa, Anna, Hana, Agneša(Slovak) Ana, Hana, Ines, Janja, Neža, Anica, Anika, Anita, Anka, Ankica, Anuša, Nuša(Slovene) Hana(Sorbian) Ana, Anabel, Inés, Ani, Anita(Spanish) Agnes, Anna, Anne, Hanna, Agneta, Agnetha, Anette, Anita, Anneli, Annelie, Annette, Annika(Swedish) Ana(Tongan) Anna, Ganna, Hanna, Inessa(Ukrainian) Nest, Nesta(Welsh) Henda, Hene, Henye(Yiddish)
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Entry updated February 12, 2018