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Gender: Female Meaning of Agnes: "pure, virginal" Origin of Agnes: Greek

The name Agnes is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pure, virginal". Agnes and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That~ Triplets".

From the experts:

Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come back in. It did look cute on a little girl in Despicable Me, and nickname Aggie has lots of retro appeal.

Agnes has also been making inroads in the celebrisphere—first actress Elisabeth Shue chose Agnes for her third child, and more recently Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their daughter Agnes Lark.

In medieval times, St. Agnes was a very popular saint, leading to its popularity as a girl's name. Agnes Grey is the title of one of the two novels written by Anne Brontë.

The French pronunciation—ahn-YEZ—could make it more attractive, but few Americans would comply. Other interesting variations: the Welsh Nesta, the Latin/Scandinavian Agneta, the Spanish Inez/Ines/Ynez, and the Scottish Senga—which happens to be Agnes spelled backwards.

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Famous People Named Agnes

Saint Agnes of Rome, 3rd century virgin-martyr
Saint Agnes of Assisi, sister of Clare of Assisi, abbess of the Order of Poor Ladies
(Marie) Agnes Henriette, Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg; Hereditary Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
(Frederica Amalia) Agnes, Princess of Anhalt-Dessau; Duchess consort of Saxe-Altenburg
Agnes Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France
Agnes George de Mille, American dancer and choreographer
Agnes Ayres (born Agnes Eyre Henkel), American silent film actress
Agnes Bruckner, American actress
Agnes Robertson Moorehead, American actress
Agnes (Emilia Carlsson), Swedish pop singer
Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel, Danish singer-songwriter
Agnes Varis, American businesswoman and philanthropist
Agnes Nixon, American soap opera writer and producer
Agnes Catharina Kant, Dutch politician
Agnes Schierhuber, Austrian politician
Agnes Varda, French New Wave film director
Agnes Martin, 20th century American Abstract artist
Agnes Mary Nolan Cohan, American dancer
Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar and March, was better known as Black Agnes, a Scottish heroine who famously withstood a siege of her castle by the English - "Cam I early, cam I late, I found Agnes at the gate"
Agnes Monica, Indonesian singer and actress
Agnes Yorke (b. 2004), daughter of singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead
Agnes Charles (b. 2006), daughter of actress Elisabeth Shue
Agnes Lark Bettany (b. 2011), daughter of actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany
Agnes Bro Asbæk (b. 2012), daughter of actor Pilou Asbæk and Anna Bro

Pop Culture References for the name Agnes

"Agnes Grey," novel by Anne Bronte and its main character
Agnes Rackam, delusional wife of William Rackam in Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
"Agnes," novel by Peter Stamm and its main character
"Agnes," comic strip by Tony Cochran and its main character
Agnes, birth name of Esmeralda in Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame"
Agnes Fleming, mother of the title character in Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
Agnes Gru, little girl in movie "Despicable Me"
Agnes de Villeroy, character in G. A. Henty's, At Agincourt
Agnes Andrews, character in the Gossip Girl series
Agnes, character in movie "The Poker House"
Agnes Holland, character on TV's "Upstairs Downstairs"
Agnes Pitt, character in the American Girl Samantha series, twin sister of Agatha Pitt
Agnes Adler, character in movie "It's Complicated"
Agnes Wickfield, character in Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield"
Agnes Gooch, homely character in "Mame"
Agnes de Burg, character in G. A. Henty's, Wulf the Saxon
Agnes Harmon, Arthur's deceased wife on TV's "Maude"
Agnes, nerdy character on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
Anges "Aggie" Linthorne, in G. A. Henty's, With Wolfe in Canada
Agnes, witch on TV's "The Originals"
Agnes Prout, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Agnes Crumplebottom, character in "The Sims" (1 - 3) video/computer games
Agnès Oblige, character in the Square Enix game series "Bravely Default"
Agnes Towler, character on TV's Mr. Selfridge
Agnes, Kristofferson's love interest in the movie 'Fantastic Mr Fox'
"Agnes", song by Glass Animals

Agnes's International Variations

Agnese, Ynes, Inesa, Ynez (Spanish) Agnesca, Anete, Agnella, Agnesina, Agnola, Hagne (Italian) Oanez (Breton) Agnethe, Agneta, Agnek, Agne (Scandinavian) Anka, Anezka, Agnesa, Agneska (Czech) Agnessa, Agnia, Nessa, Inessa (Russian) Neza (Slavic) Ines, Inez (Portuguese) Anneke (Dutch) Nesta (Welsh) Agna, Antje, Anke (German) Aignéis (Irish Gaelic)