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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

Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary
Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Anne Boleyn, 2nd wife of England's Henry VIII
Anne of Cleves, 4th wife of England's Henry VIII
Anne of Austria (born Ana Maria Mauricia), Queen consort of France
Anne, Duchess of Brittany, Queen consort of France
Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal, daughter of Britain's Elizabeth II
Anne, Princess Royal & Princess of Orange, daughter of Britain's George II
Anne Suzuki, Japanese actress
Anne Bancroft (born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano), American actress
Anne Baxter, American actress
Anne Bradstreet, first published poet in the U.S.
Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan, American tutor of Helen Keller
Anne Bonny, Irish pirate
Anne Bronte, English novelist
Anne Louise Dudek, American actress
Anne of Austria, Landgravine of Thuringia
Anne Francine, American actress
Anne Lloyd Francis, American actress
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank, Dutch WWII diarist
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway, American actress
Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare
Anne Hutchinson, American religious dissenter
Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, wife of future King James II of England
Anne Neville, Queen consort of England, wife of Richard III
Anne Villiers, Countess of Morton
Anne Maree Judkins, New Zealand race walker
Anne W. Burrell, American celebrity chef
Anne Viensouk Keothavong, Laotian-British tennis player
Anne Elise Kornblut, American writer and journalist
Anne Kremer, Luxembourgish tennis player
Anne Meara, American actress and comedian
Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh, American author, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh
Anne Watanabe, Japanese model, daughter of actor Ken Watanabe
(Morna) Anne Murray, Canadian pop singer
Anne Klein (born Hannah Golofski), American fashion designer
Anne Provoost, Belgian novelist
Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien), American novelist
Anne Sexton, American poet
Anne Inez McCaffrey, Irish novelist
Anne Jeffreys (born Annie Carmichael), American actress
Anne Charlotte McClain, American astronaut
Anne Veski, Estonian pop singer
Anne Geddes, New Zealand photographer
Anne Elizabeth Darwin, daughter of naturalist Charles Darwin
Anne Royall, first U.S. woman journalist
Anne Kristine Stuart, American romance novelist
Anne Graham Lotz, American Christian evangelist, daughter of Billy Graham
Anne Hampton "Annie" Potts, American actress
Anne de Zogheb, Lebanese model, wife of singer Paul Anka
Anne Phyllis Tyler, American novelist

Pop Culture References for the Name Anne

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