French variation of English Ann and Hebrew Hannah

Anne Origin and Meaning

The name Anne is a girl's name of Hebrew, French, English origin meaning "grace".

The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ 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 among the most classic names for girls, 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.

# 581 in the US

Anne Rank in US Top 1000

# 396 on Nameberry

Anne Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Anne Popularity

Famous People Named Anne

  • Saint Annemother of the Virgin Mary
  • AnneQueen of Great Britain
  • Anne of BohemiaQueen consort of Richard II of England
  • Anne NevilleQueen consort of Richard III of England
  • Anne Boleyn2nd Queen consort of Henry VIII of England
  • Anne of Cleves4th Queen consort of Henry VIII of England
  • Anne of DenmarkQueen consort of James VI and I of England and Scotland
  • Anne of KievQueen consort of Henry I of France
  • AnneDuchess of Brittany, Queen consort of Charles VIII and Louis XII of France
  • Anne of Austria (born Ana Maria Mauricia)Queen consort of Louis XIII of France
  • AnneMarie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark; Queen consort of Constantine II of Greece
  • Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marguerite of BourbonParma, Queen consort of Michael I of Romania
  • Anne of Bohemia and Hungary aka Anna JagellonicaQueen consort of Ferdinand I of the Romans
  • Anne of AustriaQueen consort of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland and Sweden
  • Anne HydeDuchess of York, wife of future King James II of England; mother of Queen Anne
  • AnnePrincess of England, daughter of Charles I
  • AnnePrincess Royal & Princess of Orange, daughter of Britain's George II
  • Anne Elizabeth Alice LouisePrincess Royal, daughter of Britain's Elizabeth II
  • Anne SuzukiJapanese actress
  • Anne Bancroft (born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano)American actress
  • Anne BaxterAmerican actress
  • Anne Bradstreetfirst published poet in the U.S.
  • Johanna "Anne" Mansfield SullivanAmerican tutor of Helen Keller
  • Anne BonnyIrish pirate
  • Anne BrontëEnglish novelist
  • Anne Louise DudekAmerican actress
  • Anne of AustriaLandgravine of Thuringia
  • Anne FrancineAmerican actress
  • Anne Lloyd FrancisAmerican actress
  • Annelies Marie "Anne" FrankDutch WWII diarist
  • Anne Jacqueline HathawayAmerican actress
  • Anne Hathawaywife of William Shakespeare
  • Anne Bright HoltonAmerican lawyer and judge
  • Anne HutchinsonAmerican religious dissenter
  • Anne VilliersCountess of Morton
  • Anne Maree JudkinsNew Zealand race walker
  • Anne W. BurrellAmerican celebrity chef
  • Anne Viensouk KeothavongLaotian,British tennis player
  • Anne Elise KornblutAmerican writer and journalist
  • Anne KremerLuxembourgish tennis player
  • Anne MearaAmerican actress and comedian
  • Anne Spencer Morrow LindberghAmerican author, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh
  • Anne WatanabeJapanese model, daughter of actor Ken Watanabe
  • (Morna) Anne MurrayCanadian pop singer
  • Anne Klein (born Hannah Golofski)American fashion designer
  • Anne ProvoostBelgian novelist
  • Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien)American novelist
  • Anne SextonAmerican poet
  • Anne Inez McCaffreyIrish novelist
  • Anne Jeffreys (born Annie Carmichael)American actress
  • Anne Charlotte McClainAmerican astronaut
  • Anne VeskiEstonian pop singer
  • Anne GeddesNew Zealand photographer
  • Anne Elizabeth Darwindaughter of naturalist Charles Darwin
  • Anne Royallfirst U.S. woman journalist
  • Anne Kristine StuartAmerican romance novelist
  • Anne Graham LotzAmerican Christian evangelist, daughter of Billy Graham
  • Anne Hampton "Annie" PottsAmerican actress
  • Anne de ZoghebLebanese model, wife of singer Paul Anka
  • Anne Phyllis TylerAmerican novelist
  • AnneMarie (Rose Nicholson), British singer and songwriter
  • Anne ThérèsePrincess of Savoy
  • Anne CharlottePrincess of Lorraine, Abbess of Remiremont, Mons and Essen
  • Anne SavilePrincess of Löwenstein,Wertheim,Freudenberg, English aviatrix
  • Anne Marguerite Brigitte MariePrincess of Orléans, Duchess of Calabria; daughter of Prince Henri
  • Anne Ferelith Fenella BowesLyon; Viscountess Anson; Princess George Valdemar of Denmark; cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Anne CarsonCanadian poet and translator
  • Anne Elizabeth Gabrielle EdmondsAustralian comedian
  • Anne DiamondEnglish journalist and television presenter
  • Anne De Paula (b. 1994) Brazilian Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

Anne in Pop Culture

  • Anne Shirleymain character in L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series
  • Anne Elliotcharacter in Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
  • Anne Pagecharacter in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
  • Anne Patricia Howard Martincharacter in movie "The Patriot"
  • Anne Cahillcharacter in "The 39 Clues" series
  • Anne Wheelercharacter in "The Greatest Showman"
  • Annecharacter in video game "Style Savvy"
  • Anne Steelecharacter on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • Anne Manningfrom the movie "Separate Lies"
  • Anne MacMorrowfrom movie "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep"
  • Anne Juergenscharacter on TV's "Secret Life of the American Teenager"
  • Anne Winslowcharacter on TV's "Requiem for Murder"
  • Anne Sullivanreoccurring character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
  • Anne Weyingcharacter in Marvel Universe
  • AnneMarie Hoag, character in Marvel Universe
  • Anne Kirrincharacter in Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' series

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