The meaning of the name “Anna” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: The name is derived from the Hebrew name Hannah. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah upon his first visit to the Temple of Jerusalem. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early ages and in the middle ages it became prevalent among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna.
Anna is mainly used as a girls baby name.
Anna's Indian Meaning: On the Indian subcontinent it is considered masculine and derived from the Sanskrit, meaning 'grain' and used for both boys and girls.
There was also a king of East Anglia named Anna.
Japanese meaning: As a Japanese name, Anna (pronounced AHN-nah) may be written with the characters for "apricot" (an) and "Nara; what?" (na).
In the English-speaking countries, this form came into general use in the 18th-century. The name was adorned by several Russian royals, including an 18th-century empress of Russia.
Some celebrities with the name are movie actresses Anna Kendrick, Anna Popplewell and Anna Faris, tennis player Anna Kournikova, Editor Anna Wintour, U.S. First lady Anna Harrison to name a few.
The year when the name Anna was most popular is 2001. For 2014, the number of births with name Anna represented 0.291 percent of total births in U.S. The name Anna, has always been a hot option, being in the top 50 since 1990. For 2014 it holds position at 35 in the U.S., and is in the top 12 in Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands. Anna was the 4th most popular name in Austria in 2006. In the USA, Anna is popular in the southern states of Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
The name appears in the form Annie in the CPR Annie Legend. Anna also appears as a 7th grade student in the legend ‘The Nightmare’ and in the legend ‘The Evil Teddy’. Use of Anna in pop culture are the literary character by the famous author Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina and the fictional character created by Hiroyuki Takei, Anna Kyoyama, in the anime and manga series: Shaman King.
'Anna potatoes', or 'Pommes Anna', is a classic French dish of sliced, layered potatoes cooked in melted butter.
Pronunciation: (AN ah) Form of:Hannah Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Anna Paquin, Academy award winning actress
Anna Nicole Smith, model/spokesperson.
Considering Anna as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Anna for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Anna is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Anna is of Hebrew, Japanese , Sanskrit origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Armenian speaking countries, Bulgarian speaking countries, Catalan speaking countries, Czech speaking countries, Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, Estonian speaking countries, Finnish speaking countries, German speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Hindi speaking countries, Hungarian speaking countries, Italian speaking countries, Japanese speaking countries, Polish speaking countries, Slovak speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Anna we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Anna Name Meaning
The meaning of Anna has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Anna are:
Hebrew meaning: Gracious,favour
Japanese Meaning: Apricot from Nara
Sanskrit Meaning: Grain
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Anna and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Anna and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Anna is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Anna
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Anna displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Anna Boy Name Popularity Chart
Anna Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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