Hannah Origin and Meaning

The name Hannah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "grace".

Hannah is one of the nation's top biblical girls' names—it surpassed Sarah in 1998, and ranks in the Top 50 along with Elizabeth, Abigail, Chloe, and Naomi. Hannah is a name with many sources of appeal: Old Testament roots, soft and gentle sound, and a homey yet aristocratic image.

Hannah originated as a variation of the Hebrew name Channah, derived from the word channan, meaning "grace." In the Old Testament, Hannah is the mother of Samuel.

Names including Anne, Anna, Nancy, Anya, Annika, and Annabel are all related to Hannah. Alternate spellings such as Hana, Hanna, and Chana are also used.

The TV show Hannah Montana was a huge TV teen sensation from 2006 to 2011, and more recently was the name Lena Dunham chose for her own character in her hit series Girls. Hannah Baker is a central character on the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why.

Hannah is also a name that in its varied versions, which include Hana and Hanna, has roots in many cultures, from Hebrew to Arabic, European to Asian. All in all, Hannah is still a wonderful if widely used name.

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Famous People Named Hannah

  • Johanna "Hannah" Cohn ArendtGerman,American political theorist
  • Hannah Blessing WoodAmerican actress; sister of Elijah Wood
  • Hannah Campbell Grant GordonScottish actress
  • Hannah Wilke (born Arlene Hannah Butter)American painter
  • Hannah PrimroseCountess of Rosebery, one,time richest woman in Britain
  • Hannah Hoes Van BurenFirst Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Martin Van Buren
  • Hannah TeterAmerican snowboarder
  • (Hannah) Dakota FanningAmerican actress
  • Hannah SimoneCanadian Actress
  • Hannah Rose WareEnglish model and actress
  • Hannah TrigwellEnglish singer
  • Hannah TintiAmerican novelist
  • Hannah Angela KearneyAmerican Olympic mogul skier
  • Hannah CohenAmerican singer
  • Hannah Lynn StormAmerican TV journalist
  • Hannah SzenesBritish World War II paratrooper
  • Hannah Louise SpearittEnglish actress
  • Hannah DavisAmerican fashion model
  • Hannah GeorgasCanadian singer
  • Hannah Maud HartAmerican vlogger
  • Anna Therese Johanne "Hannah" HochGerman Dada artist
  • Hannah Yelland (born Hannah Elizabeth Roberts)British actress
  • Hannah MoreEnglish religious author and philanthropist
  • Hannah Kelsey BrownAmerican television personality
  • Hannah JacklinAmerican child model; twin sister Hayden Jacklin
  • Hannah Gibsondaughter of actor Mel Gibson
  • Hannah Joy Gosselindaughter of American TV personalities Jon & Kate Gosselin
  • Hannah Jane Shepherd (b. 1985)daughter of actors Jessica Lange and Sam Shepherd
  • Hannah Mali Rosedaughter of actress Sarah Drew
  • Hannah Kathryn Haderdaughter of comedian Bill Hader
  • Hannah Bolton Hoopervocals and keyboard of American band Grouplove
  • Hannah Marie TointonEnglish actress

Hannah in Pop Culture

  • Hannah Abbottcharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Hannah Diamantcharacter in manga/anime "Attack on Titan"
  • Hannahcharacter in the 2008 movie "Made of Honor"
  • Hannah Rayburncharacter on TV's "State of Grace"
  • Hannah Bakercharacter in "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
  • Hannah McKaycharacter on TV's "Dexter"
  • Hannah Horvathmain character in HBO's show "Girls"
  • Hannah Tuppercharacter in 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond'
  • Hannah Baxterfrom TV series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"
  • Hannah Javensencharacter in "The Face on the Milk Carton"
  • Hannah Jarvischaracter in "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard
  • Hannah Burleycharacter on TV series "Bones"
  • Hannah Anafelozcharacter in the manga/anime Kuroshitsuji /Black Butler
  • Hannah Shepardmother of player character Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect franchise, "Spacer" background
  • Hannah Rose/Brown from children's novel "The Puzzle Ring"
  • Hannah Conroy Scottcharacter in This golden land, by Barbara Wood
  • Hannahthe main character in the folk tale 'The Clever Girl'
  • Hannah Rossocharacter in the children's novel '10 Kids, No Pets', by Ann M Martin
  • Hannah Washingtoncharacter in video game "Until Dawn"
  • Hannah "Nana" Weavercharacter in film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
  • Hannah "Narnie" Schroedercharacter in "On the Jellicoe Road"
  • "Hannah and Her Sisters" 1986 movie
  • "Hannah"song by band SWMRS
  • "Hannah Hunt"song by band Vampire Weekend
  • "Hannah Montana" Disney TV series
  • "Hannah Takes the Stairs" 2007 movie
  • Hannah Jelkescharacter in Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana"

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