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Gender: F Meaning of Savannah: "flat tropical grassland" Origin of Savannah: Spanish Savannah's Popularity in 2012: #42

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A place name with a deep Southern accent, the once-obscure Savannah shot to fame, with others of its genre, on the heels of the best seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was set in the mossy Georgia city of Savannah--perhaps as a substitute for the no longer fresh Samantha.

. Before that, there were Savannahs in the novel and movieThe Prince of Tides, in the Terry McMillan hit novel and film Waiting to Exhale, played by Whitney Houston and, even earlier, in a 1982 movie called Savannah Smiles.

Savannah has actually been on the popularity list since records started being kept in the 1880's; she's been in the Top 100 since 1993 and is now at a high of Number 42. Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross chose Savannah for her twin daughter, and it's the name of Queen Elizabeth's first great-grandchild. And Savannah Guthrie can be seen every morning on the Today show.

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Famous People Named Savannah

Savannah Outen, American singer
Savannah Miller, American designer
Savannah Guthrie, American journalist
Savannah Rose Mahoney, twin daughter of American actress Marcia Cross
Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, eldest great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
Savannah Seagal, daughter of actor Steven Seagal
Savannah Jane Masche, one of the sextuplets from reality TV show "Raising Sextuplets"
Savannah Molina, daughter of Andy

Pop Culture References for the Name Savannah

Savannah, the fourth largest city in the state of Georgia
Savannah Curtis, main character in the movie & movie "Dear John"
"Savannah Smiles," a Girl Scout cookie
Savannah King, character in "Red"
Savannah "Savi" Davis, from TV series "Mistresses" played by Alyssa Milano
Savannah Kinkirk, Daughter of Lucy (nee Camden) and Kevin Kinkirk on Seventh Heaven

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