Usage: Agnes, of Greek origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Agnes are in general originating from Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Mauritius, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Agnes across the world, see Agnès, Agnés.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 1.
The name Agnes is ranked on the 926th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 274400 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.009% of the population.
The name Agnes has five characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Agnes for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Agnes is a female given name, which derives from the Greek name Ἁγνὴ hagnē, meaning “pure” or “holy”. The name passed to Italian as Agnese, to Portuguese as Inês, and to Spanish, as Inés.
It was the name of a popular Christian saint, Saint Agnes of Rome, a fact which encouraged the wide use of the name. Agnes was the third most popular name for women in the English speaking world for more than 400 years. Its medieval pronunciation was “Annis,” and its usage and many of its forms coincided with the equally popular English name Anne, a name related in medieval and Elizabethan times to ‘Agnes’, though Anne/Ann/Anna are derived from the Hebrew Hannah (‘God favored me’) rather than the Greek. It remained a widely used name throughout the 1960s in the United States. It was last ranked among the top 1,000 names for American girls during that decade. The peak of its popularity was between 1900 and 1920, when it was among the top 50 names for American girls. The Swedish version of the name was the 16th most popular name for girls born in Sweden in 2007, having risen as high as third place in Sweden in 2006. It was also ranked among the top 100 names for girls in Hungary in 2005. Neža, a Slovene short form, was ranked among the top 10 names for girls born in Slovenia in 2008. French forms Inès and Ines were both ranked among the top 10 names for girls born in Brussels, Belgium in 2008.
English, German, Dutch, and Scandinavian: Latinized version of the Greek name Hagnē, from the feminine form of the adjective hagnos pure, holy. This was the name of a young Roman virgin martyred in the persecutions instigated by the Roman emperor Diocletian. She became a very popular saint in the Middle Ages. Her name was early associated with Latin agnus lamb, leading to the consistent dropping of the initial H-and to her representation in art accompanied by a lamb. The name was strongly revived in the 19th century, and has become especially popular in Scotland. In Ireland it has traditionally been used as a ‘translation’ of Úna.
Cognates: Irish Gaelic: Aignéis. French: Agnès. Italian: Agnese. Spanish: Inés. Portuguese: Inês. Polish: Agnieszka. Czech: Anežka. Finnish: Aune. See also Annis.
Pet form: Scottish: Aggie.
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