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Anna is a classic yet simple baby girl’s name derived from the name Hannah. European Christians embraced the name because it was the name of The Virgin Mary’s mother, known as Saint Anna. The name is used in many countries throughout the world.

Anna pairs really easily with other names and is the more favored choice in the Ann category. It is a great baby name for couples of mixed nationalities since it is popular in so many countries.

Meaning of the baby name Anna:

Grace or to be favored by God.

Origin of the name Anna:

Hebrew

Style of the name Anna:

Classic

Gender of the name Anna :

Female

Pronunciation of the baby name Anna

AN-na

Syllables in the name Anna:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Anna :

Classic beauty, favored by God

Alternative spellings for the name Anna:

Ana, Annah, Anah,

Nicknames for the name Anna:

Popularity of the name Anna :

According to the Social Security Administration index, in 1904 the name Anna was given to 5,330 baby girls, making it the third highest ranked baby name that year. In fact, it was ranked third from 1900-1904.

Related names for the name Anna:

Hannah, Annie, Anika, Analise, Anya, and Nancy

Great middle names for Anna and their meaning:

  • Marie (Lady of the sea, lady of sorrow)
  • Lee (Plum)
  • Jean (The Lord is gracious)
  • Sophia (Wisdom or skill)
  • Rose (Delicate and beautiful like a flower)
  • Paige (Young helper or child)
  • Lynn (Pool beneath a waterfall)
  • Rae (Bright like the sun’s rays)
  • Rain (Nurturing and refreshing)

Famous people with the name :

  • Anna Paquin, actress
  • Anna Kournikova, tennis player
  • Anna Faris, actress
  • Anna Harrison, US First Lady
  • Anna Giustiniani, Saint
  • Anna Fenninger, skier

Movies/Pop culture:

  • Anna (character in the hit animated movie, Frozen)
  • Anna Karenina (character in Tolstoy's book, Anna Karenina)