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What does the name Anna mean?

The different meanings of the name Anna are:
  • Hebrew meaning: Gracious,favour
  • Japanese Meaning: Apricot from Nara
  • Sanskrit Meaning:  Grain
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.

AnnAnne (English), Anne (German), Anne (Dutch), Anne (Swedish), Anne (Norwegian), Anne (Danish),Anne (Finnish), Ana (Bulgarian), Aina (Catalan) are some unique variants of the name.

Anissa, Keanna (English), Annabella, Annetta (Italian), AnikaAnina (German), AnikaAnke, Anneke, Annelien, Anouk, Ans, Antje (Dutch), Annika (Swedish), AniaAnnushkaAnya, Anushka (Russian), Aneta (Czech), Anka (Bulgarian) are some funky nicknames.

Anne, Hannah, Anaïs, Annette, Anouk, Ninon in French, Channah, Hannah, Chanah in Hebrew, Nainsí as Irish, Ana, Anabela, Anita in Portuguese, and Ana, Anabel, Anita in Spanish are the counterparts of the name in other countries.

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