Usage: Anna, of Hebrew origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Anna are in general originating from Australia, Canada, China, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Anna across the world, see Ana.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 3.
The name Anna is ranked on the 34th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 8234300 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.113% of the population.
The name Anna has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Anna for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Anna is a Latin form of the Greek name Άννα and the Hebrew name Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה Ḥannāh, meaning “favor” or “grace”). Anna is in wide use in countries across the world as are its variants Anne, originally a French version of the name, though in use in English speaking countries for hundreds of years, and Ann, which was originally the English spelling. Saint Anne was traditionally the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary, which accounts for its wide use and popularity among Christians. The name has also been used for numerous saints and queens.
Latinate variant of Anne, in common use as a given name in English, Gaelic, Italian, German, Dutch, Scandinavian languages, and Slavonic languages. Among people with a classical education, it has from time to time been associated with Virgil's Aeneid, where it is borne by the sister of Dido, Queen of Carthage. This Phoenician name may ultimately be of Semitic origin, and thus cognate with the biblical Anne. However, the connection, if it exists, is indirect rather than direct.
Cognate: Spanish: Ana.
Pet forms: Scottish Gaelic: Annag. Swedish: Annika. Polish: Anula, Anusia. Czech: Anin(k)a, Andul(k)a, Anuška. Russian: Asya.
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