The meaning of the name “Hannah” is: “Grace of God”.
Additional information: Hannah is a feminine Hebrew name meaning ‘God’s gift to the world’ – a more modern interpretation of this meaning would be ‘favour’ or ‘grace’. It was used in the Old Testament, it was the mother of the prophet Samuel. She had been unable to bear her husband Elkanah a child, and so prayed at the temple that if God gave her a son then she would give him up to be a priest. When the child, Samuel, was born, she gave him to Eli to be raised as a priest. The Greek and Latin variant Anna was used in the translations of the New Testament. Other variants of Hannah are Hanna, Hana, Ana, and Anne. Hannah is a common name all over the world – as such, it has a lot of variant spellings, including Hanne (German), Anita (Spanish), and Anja (Danish). ‘Hana’ is popular in Japan, but has many different meanings – most typically, 花 is used in names, meaning ‘flower’. Common misspellings of Hannah are ‘Hanah’ and ‘Hanaha’.
Hannah is one of the more popular Biblical names, reflected in both the USA, England, Canada, New Zealand and Austria among other countries. Its popularity as a feminine name spiked between 1998 and 2000 in the USA, becoming the second most popular name; however, its popularity has dipped since then, and it was the 28th most popular name for girls in 2014 in the USA. A similar decline is noticeable in England and Wales, where the name fell from sixth in 1997 to 44th in 2013.
Famous people with the name Hannah include Hannah Dakota Fanning (better known as simply Dakota Fanning, an American actress), 18th century writer Hannah More, Hannah Arendt (German philosopher and writer), and Hannah Hart (American internet personality). Perhaps the most famous Hannah from modern times is fictional – Hannah Montana, the alter ego of Miley Cyrus’s character from Hannah Montana.
In Trumball, Connecticut, there is an urban legend surrounding Hannah Cranna – known as the Wicked Witch of Monroe, the Monroe villagers believed her to be a witch after the untimely, mysterious death of her husband. Whether true or not, Hannah Cranna seemed to encourage these rumours, scaring the villagers into giving her free food.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Hannah for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Hannah is a girl name.
The name Hannah is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Arabic speaking countries, English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Hannah 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.
Hannah Name Meaning
The meaning of Hannah is “Grace of God”. 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 Hannah and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Hannah 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 Hannah 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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Name Hannah Categories
The name Hannah is in the following categories: American Names, Australian Names, Biblical Names, British Names, Canadian Names, Christian Names, Classic Names, English Names, Harry Potter Names, Hebrew Names, Muslim Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Hannah. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Hannah, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Hannah
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Hannah 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.
Hannah Boy Name Popularity Chart
Hannah 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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