German, combination of Anna and Lise
"grace and pledged to God"

Annalise Origin and Meaning

The name Annalise is a girl's name of German origin meaning "grace and pledged to God".

Variously spelled Annalise and Annaliese as well as several other forms, this is not a modern smoosh but a traditional German combo-name with a definite Heidi-esque feel.

Anna of course is familiar and Liese or Lise is a short form of Elizabeth, ala Lisa, But though it may be seen as old style in Germany, it's a recent success in this country: Annalise jumped onto the popularity list for the first time in 1997.

Americans prefer the simpler spelling: There are about ten baby girls named Annalise in the US for every Annaliese. Another 100 baby girls were named Analise and Analiese is also found.

TV fans know Annalise as the first name of the lead character in ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," played by Viola Davis, who won an Emmy for the role.

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Famous People Named Annalise

  • Annalise BassoAmerican actress
  • Annalise BraakensiekAustralian model, actress and TV presenter
  • Annalise MurphyIrish Olympic sailor
  • Annalise Sunpen name of American novelist Ann Maxwell
  • Annalise Foxxdaughter of American actor Jamie Foxx

Annalise in Pop Culture

  • Annalise Keatingmain character on TV's 'How to Get Away with Murder'
  • Annalise Hartmancharacter on Australian soap "Neighbours"
  • Annalise Appletoncharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"