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Gender: Female Meaning of Ana: "grace" Origin of Ana: Spanish variation of Hannah Ana's Popularity in 2017: #211

The name Ana is a girl's name of Spanish, Portuguese origin meaning "grace". Ana is ranked #211 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF #12 (international friends)".

From the experts:

Pared-down form loses none of the name's grace or power. Ana is one of the most popular Spanish names for girls in the US.

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Famous People Named Ana

Ana Nemanjić, birth name of Saint Anastasija of Serbia
Ana Maria Mauricia, birth name of Anne of Austria, Queen consort of Louis XIII of France
Ana Maria Martinez, Puerto Rican opera singer
Ana Golja, Canadian actress
Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of Serbia
Ana Matronic (born Ana Lynch), lead singer for American band Scissor Sisters
Ana Pauker (born Hannah Rabinsohn), Romanian Communist leader
Anna Lovisa "Ana" Johnsson, Swedish singer-songwriter
Ana Moura, Portuguese fado singer
Ana Bekuta, Serbian singer
Ana Ivanovic, Serbian tennis player
Ana Kokic, Serbian singer
Ana Layevska, Ukranian-Mexican singer/actress
Ana Nikolic, Serbian singer
Ana Ortiz, American actress
Ana Quincoces, American reality TV personality ("The Real Housewives of Miami")
Ana Lenchantin, Argentine-American cellist
Ana Vidović, Croatian classical guitarist
Ana Lorena Sànches, Mexican actress
Ana Ularu, Romanian actress
Ana Luiza Filiorianu, Romanian rhythmic gymnast
Ana Gayan, Spanish rhythmic gymnast
Ana Aponte, Puerto Rican rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Ana

Ana Hamilton, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Ana Garcia, character in movie "Real Women Have Curves"
Ana Tatiana Kravinoff, character in Spider-Man comics
Ana-Lucia Cortez, character on TV's "Lost"
Anastasia "Ana" Steele, main character in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy
Ana Gutierrez, character on TV's "The Fosters"
Ana Amari, character from video game Overwatch
Ana/Anna/Annie Taylor, character in the TV series "extr@"
"Letting Ana Go, anonymously written book in diary format
"Ana Ng", song by They Might Be Giants
"Ana's Song", song by Silverchair
Ana, slang for anorexia nervosa and related movements such as Pro-Ana

Anaia, Anai, Anna, Anita


LaulenaG Says:


Do NOT name your child Ana! It's the nickname for anorexia or the personification of anorexia. It's a more common association than you would think. Anna is a much better option for this reason.

thepianothatwaited Says:


Ana's my name, and mispronunciation is my game
Seriously, I'd say it's a solid 7/10 chance that someone will get my name wrong.
I've been called "Hana", "Amana", "Anya", and most frequently... the dreaded "Anna". I don't bother correcting people anymore and will respond to all of them. My mom warned my dad about this... But he didn't listen.

I am grateful though. My mom wanted to name me "Isabella" *shudders*

To me, "Ana" is pronounced "ON-uh"
"Anna" is pronounced "AN-uh" I mean, really, it's just "Anne" with an A at the end.
It's not THAT hard, is it...?

angelinac Says:


It seems like a nickname to me too... Audriana, Giovanna/Jovana, Juliana, Luciana, and Taliana are all on my list

priviledgedpistachios Says:


one of my favorite names! Maybe as a nickname tho. Any suggestions?

kitchi1 Says:


I agree with you - it is a name, and not a disease. But that disease was given the nickname. I do like the name Ana and don't associate it with anorexia anymore, just with my lovely dog. I have past experience with anorexia so I really didn't want any associations with it at all. Why not name her something more suitable for a dog? Well, as stated, I did not name her - her previous owners did. And, how is Ana not suitable for a would Peanut be more suitable?

ThistleThorn Says:


I think that is is pronounced like awna and anna is pronounced like well, anna.

Ana Says:


Ana is a name, not a disease. Why not name your dog peanut or something more suitable for a dog?

Myosotis Says:


Me too. I love this and Anne.

kitchi1 Says:


My new puppy's name is Ana. Her owners before me named her after Ana off of Frozen. Honestly wish they used Elsa, not Ana, though. I call her Ani (aw-nee). Trying to find something for it to be short for, such as Anastasia. What I don't like is that Ana is a nickname for Anorexia. That does seem to fit my dog, though, since I'm having a really hard time getting her to eat.

raevynstar Says:


I like this pronounced AH-na; the only name pronounced ANN-a is, well, Anna!