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Gender: F Meaning of Anne: "grace" Origin of Anne: French variation of English Ann and Hebrew Hannah Anne's Popularity in 2013: #519

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The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls' baby names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970 but Anne is still Number 519 on the list of U.S. most popular baby names, appreciated by some parents for its classic simplicity, although others are more likely to choose the original Hannah, the Anna variation, or even Annabel or Annabella.

Anne was the name of six queens of England, two of them wives of Henry VIII, as well as the name of the present Queen Elizabeth's only daughter plus French and Russian royalty.

Anne has too many distinguished namesakes to enumerate--but among them are Anne Hathaway, (both Shakespeare's wife and the contemporary actress), Anne of Green Gables, Anne Bronte, Anne Frank, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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Famous People Named Anne

Anne Bancroft, American actress
Anne Baxter, American actress
Anne Boleyn, Queen consort & King Henry VIII of England's 2nd wife
Anne Bradstreet, America's first published poet
Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's famous "miracle-working" tutor
Anne Bronte, British novelist and poet
Anne de Montmorency, constable of France, soldier & diplomat
Anne de Noailles, first Duke of Noailles
Anne de Vries, Dutch writer from Drenthe
Anne Dudek, American actress
Lord Anne Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish nobleman
Anne, Duchess of Luxembourg
Anne Francine, Actress famous for Broadway work (Harper Valley PTA)
Anne Francis, American actress
Anne Frank, Jewish-Dutch diarist
Anne Hathaway, American actress
Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare
Anne Hutchinson, American religious dissenter
Anne Hyde, Duchess of York
Anne Judkins, New Zealand race walker
Anne Keothavong, British tennis player
Anne Kornblut, author of Notes from the Cracked Ceiling
Anne Kremer, Luxembourgish tennis player
Anne Meara, American actress and comedian
Anne Murray, Canadian singer
Anne Klein, designer
Anne of Austria, Queen consort of France
Anne of Brittany, Breton ruler, Queen consort of France
Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII
Anne, Queen of Great Britain, Queen of England, Scotland & Ireland
Anne Provoost, Flemish author
Anne Rice, American author
Anne Sexton, American poet
Anne Veski, Estonian pop singer
Anne Vondeling, Dutch politician
Anne, Princess Royal, daughter of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Princess Anne of Denmark, wife of Prince George Valdemar of Denmark
Anne, Princess Royal & Princess of Orange
Anne Blagojevich (2003), daughter of Rod & Patricia Blagojevich
Saint Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary
Anne Elizabeth Darwin, daughter of naturalist Charles Darwin
Anne Stuart, American romance novelist
Anne Graham Lotz, American Christian evangelist (Billy Graham's child)
Anne Hampton "Annie" Potts, American actress
Anne Elizabeth "Annabeth" Gish, American actress
Anne Twist, mother of One Direction member Harry Styles
Anne de Zogheb, former model
Anne Shirley-American actress active in the 30's & 40's
Anne Tyler, writer

Pop Culture References for the Name Anne

Anne Patricia Howard Martin, character in movie "The Patriot"
Anne Cahill, character in "The 39 Clues"
Anne Shirley, main character in L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series
Anne Elliot from Jane Austen's "Persuasion" (novel)
Anne Page from Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Anne, a character from "Style Savvy"
Buffy Anne Summers, title character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Anne Steele, character of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Anne Manning, from the movie "Separate Lies"
Anne MacMorrow, from movie "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep"
Mary Anne, character from "The Babysitters Club"
Anne Juergens, character on "Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Anne Winslow, character on "Requiem for Murder"
Carol Anne Freeling, character in "Poltergeist" film series