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Gender: F Meaning of Anna: "grace" Origin of Anna: Variation of Hannah, Hebrew Anna's Popularity in 2015: #44

Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple years. Anna offers a touch of the exotic and a bit more style than the oversimplified Ann, used for generations throughout Europe, from Russia to Italy, Spain to Romania--it is still Number 1 in Austria, Number 2 in Hungary, Number 8 in the Netherlands and Number 5 in Norway.

. Classic and simple, Anna would be an excellent choice for parents in search of a name that will bridge two different cultures, say Jewish and Italian.

In literature, Anna is associated with Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The name was given some fresh life when it was used for the adorable younger sister voiced by Kristen Bell in the animated film Frozen. Three current bearers are actresses Anna Kendrick, Anna Friel and Anna Paquin.

Anya takes it more into the territory of the exotic.

Famous People Named Anna

Anna, Biblical prophetess
Anna Ioannovna, Empress of Russia
Anna, Grand Duchess of Lithuania
Anna of Denmark, Electress of Saxony and Margravine of Meissen
Anna of Poland, Countess consort of Celje, Slovenia
Anna Saccone, American/Irish vlogger
Anna Yuryevna Netrebko, Russian opera singer
Anna Wintour, English-born artistic director for Conde Nast and editor-in-chief of American "Vogue" magazine
Anna Nicole Smith, American model/actress (born Vickie Lynn Hogan)
Anna Trebunskaya, Russian-American ballroom dancer
Anna Helene Paquin, New Zealand actress
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress/singer
Anna Journey, American poet
Anna Robinson Gilligan, American TV journalist
Anna Mae Bullock, birth name American singer Tina Turner
Anna Kendrick, American actress
Anna Graceman, American singer-songwriter
Anna Lee (born Joan Boniface Winnifrith), English actress
Anna Louise Friel, English actress
Anna Katherine Popplewell, English actress
Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong), American actress
AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
Anna Magnani, Italian actress
Anna Anderson (born Franziska Schanzkowska), Polish imposter of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia
Anna Christine Nalick, American singer-songwriter
Anna Kay Faris, American actress (pronounced Ah-na)
Danuta "Anna" Anka, Swedish-American model
Anna Charmichael Torv, Australian actress
Anna McPartlin, Irish novelist
Anna Chlumsky, American actress
Anna Silk, Canadian actress
Anna Ragsdale Camp, American actress
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova, Russian-American tennis player
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, American scholar and author
Anna Jantar (born Anna Maria Szmeterling), Polish singer
Anna R. Slotky, American actress
Anna Loginova, Russian model and bodyguard
Anna Vladimirovna Litvinova, Russian model
Anna Warren Benson, American model, ex-wife of baseball player Kris Benson
Anna Michaela Ebba Electra Von Hausswolff, Swedish singer-songwriter
Anna Vissi, Cypriot music artist
Anna Gunn, American actress
Jiordan Anna Tolli, Australian actress and singer
Anna Sewell, English children's novelist
Anna Passey, English actress
Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and author
Anna Hedh, Swedish MEP
Anna Selezneva, Russian model
Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist
Anna Wise, Grammy-winning musician
Anna Renee (Keller) Duggar, wife of Josh Duggar of reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting

Pop Culture References for the name Anna

"Anna Karenina," novel by Leo Tolstoy and its main character
Anna May Bates (nee Smith), character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Anna Whitt, character in "Sweet Evil" by Wendy Higgins
Anna Watson, character in book " The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
Anna Oliphant, character in "Anna & the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins
Annabel "Anna" Coleman, character in movie "Freaky Friday"
Anna, character in fictional book in John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars"
Anna Bloom, character in "Get Well Soon" by Julie Halpern
Andromeda "Anna" Fitzgerald, character in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Anna McDoogles, character in movie "The Invention of Lying"
Anna, princess of Arendelle: Disney's "Frozen" (pronounced AH-na)
Annabelle "Anna" Zhu, character in "The Vampire Diaries" series
Anna Covey, character in the "Declaration" series by Gemma Malley
Anna Krasinska Kepler, character in "Night Trains" by Barbara Wood
Anna Johnson, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Anna Worthington, character in the TV series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
"Anna (Go to Him)," song by The Beatles
"Anna," song by Taken by Trees
"Anna Begins," song by Counting Crows
"Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the sun)," song by The Bangles
"Anna Molly," song by Incubus
"Anna Sun," song by Walk the Moon
"Anna", song by Hello Saferide
"Requiem for Anna," song by Serge Gainsbourg (later covered by Portishead)
"Anna," song by Oliver

Aska, Annah, Annina, Anah, Anita, Ahnna, Annora, Anona, Anica, Anyu

Anna's International Variations

Anya, Ania (Russian) Áine (Irish Gaelic) Ane (Danish) Ana (Portuguese)