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The name Anna has the following meaning:

Variant of Ann, meaning "Grace, favour". A little sophistication added to the simple "Ann".
This name can be given to both baby boys and girls. It is a unisex name.


As a baby girl name, Anna is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 21 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Anna fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 3 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 29 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Anna in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Anna is pronounced as eh-nah


Anna originates from the Hebrew language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Anna and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Anna: Boys - Adriel, Dathan, Dori, Dov, Dovev, Haskell, Mordecai, Mordechai, Nadav, Nirel, Noam, Solomon, Girls - Alia, Eve, Galilea, Johnna, Mahala, Mahalah, Mozell, Orah, Salome, Sherron, Both genders - Betty, David, Mary


Popular Variants for the name Anna: Ahnna, Anabell, Anabelle (French), Analie, Annaleah, Annalee, Annali, Annaliegha, Annalise, Annelie, Annelyse, Annetta, Anney, Annie, Annimae, Annis


Common nicknames for the name Anna are: Annie, Ann, Anna


We think the name Anna should fall under the following style category: Traditional.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Anna to be: An old-fashioned, gentle and charming lady

In one word, you might describe Anna as a(n) "gentle" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Anna (or its variants) are:

Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova, born on 7 June, a famous tennis player. Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova's background: Retired Russian tennis superstar. Grand Slam doubles champion in 1999 and 2002. Also a model, she has been the face for many brands including Berlei, the sports brand, and appeared in the impactful advertisement 'only the ball should bounce' for the brand's sports bra. Her beauty made a favourite amongst brands and magazines. She was named FHM's Sexiest Woman in the World in both the U.K. and U.S. edition, and was also voted the 'Hottest Female Athlete'.

Saint Anne, born on 20 September, a famous saint. Saint Anne's background: Patron Saint of Quebec and Brittany, as well as patroness of miners and women in labour. Believed to be the mother of Virgin Mary. As the story goes, Saint Anna and her husband remained childless for many years, before an angel visited them and informed them of the impending conception of a child -- Mary. They then promised the child to the service of God, and gave her up to the Second Temple when she was three years old.

Anna Pavlova, born on 31 January, a famous ballerina. Anna Pavlova's background: Legendary ballerina. Best remembered for her powerful performances as 'La Clygne' The Dying Swan, she is hailed as one of the greatest dancers ever.
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