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Gender: Female Meaning of Ann: "grace" Origin of Ann: English variation of Hebrew Hannah

The name Ann is a girl's name of Hebrew, English origin meaning "grace". Ann and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

Ann, 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 and show no signs of returning, with Anne is the middle of the US Top 1000 and Ann dropped out of sight. Once a go-to middle name, Ann has lost its stature in that position as well. Still, it's one of the most common names for girls of the 20th century.

Some more popular related names today include Hannah, Anna, and Annabelle.

Find other names based on Ann using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Ann

(Dorothy) Ann Willis Richards, American politician, former governor of Texas
Ann Dustin Wilson, American musician of rock band Heart
Ann Matthews Martin, American children's novelist
Ann Bradford Davis, American actress
Ann Hart Coulter, American political commentator
Ann Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist
Ann Curry, American TV journalist
Ann Landers, pen name of Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer, American advice columnist
Ann Lois Davies Romney, wife of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
(Stanley) Ann Dunham, mother of U.S. President Barack Obama
Ann-Margret (Olsson), Swedish-American actress and singer
Ann Marie McLaughlin Korologos, 19th U.S. Secretary of Labor
Ann Kiyomura-Hayashi, American tennis player
Ann "Annie" McLane Kuster, U.S. Congresswoman from New Hampshire
Ann VanderMeer, American publisher and editor Weird Tales Magazine
Ann Jillian (born Ann Jura Nauseda), American actress
Ann Rork Light, American actress
Ann-Kathrin Brömmel, German model
Ann Hodgman, American children's author
Ann Savoy, American Cajun musician
Ann Ronell, American composer
Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff, German equestrian
Ann Marie Blyth, American actress
Ann Rae Rule, American author
Ann Cusack, American actress
Ann Dvorak (born Anna McKim), American actress
Ann Taylor, English poet
Ann Prentiss (born Ann Elizabeth Ragusa), American actress
Ann Magnuson, American actress
(Lucille) Ann Casey, American pro wrestler
Ann Elizabeth Meyers, American basketball player
Ann Pennington, American actress and singer
Ann Mallalieu, Baroness Mallalieu, English peer
Ann Shoket, American magazine editor
Anate "Ann" Augustine, Indian actress
Ann Todd Jealous, American author and activist
Ann Truong, Australian actress
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Danish actress
Ann Voskamp, American author
Ann Kirkpatrick, U.S. Congresswoman from Arizona
Ann Gillis (born Alma Mabel Conner), American actress
Ann Makosinski, Canadian inventor

Pop Culture References for the name Ann

Ann Meredith Perkins, character on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
Ann Paul Veal, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
Ann Weying aka She-Venom, character in Marvel Comics
Ann Bradshaw, character in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
Ann Possible, Kim's mother on animated TV show "Kim Possible"
Ann Ewing, character on TV's "Dallas"
Ann "Panther" Takamaki, character in "Persona" series
Ann Darrow, character in "King Kong" series
Ann, character in video game "Style Savvy"
Ann, character in video game "Harvest Moon"
Annalina "Ann" Aldurren, character in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
Ann Summers, British lingerie and sex toy company
Ann, character in Yesterday's child, by Barbara Wood
Ann, character in "Glitch", by Cotton Valent
Ann Taylor, clothing brand
Raggedy Ann, style of doll
"Ann," song by The Stooges
Sweet Ann, an English Vocaloid


EvaThyssen Says:


Ann is gorgeous. I prefer that spelling to Anne.

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Your parents made an excellent choice in naming you. Every Ann I've known is ambitious, hard-working, no-nonsense and ladylike. In my family, there have been a number of women with a form of Ann in their name for several generations now.

On my mom's side, her mother was Annie (who was named after her grandmother, Ann); Annie also named her daughter Annie, after herself, just with a different middle name.

My dad's maternal grandmother was an Annie, and my paternal grandfather's paternal grandmother was Annie.

The deep family history along with the sophistication of the name makes it a sound, easy choice. My fiance likes Anna, so convincing her to drop the last 'a' shouldn't be a problem.

AN Says:


My name is Ann and you've perfectly summed up my feelings on the name. Simple, classic, pretty. And I love that mine doesn't have the 'e' at the end. Also, I'm 27 and loved growing up without other Ann's in my class. It isn't everyone's cup of tea but I adore the name. I would recommend you choosing it for your daughter and not a trendy name that her friends will have.

(and if she doesn't want to use it as a child she can go by Annie)

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


This name is one I'm considering if I have a daughter. It's classic, simple, beautiful, yet strong and sophisticated. Ethel Kennedy's sister is an Ann.

NameLover 11 Says:


I HATE this spelling!! Anne is way better!!

nameexplorer Says:


My name is Ann, and I've always HATED it due to its abrupt and boring nature. Growing up, I longed for a name that was prettier and more than one syllable. It didn't take long for me to get tired of everyone telling me that their middle name was 'Ann.' Plus, regardless of whether it is spelled with or without an 'e,' people will misspell it at least 50% of the time. Finally, because 'Ann' is pronounced just like the indefinite article 'an,' there are a lot of times when it sounds like people are saying your name, when they're really not. This might sound strange to all of you non-Anns, but trust me... If you're considering naming your daughter 'Ann,' please talk to at least two people with this name and see what they have to say about it. You might also want to check the comments on other name sites, as they are not nearly as favorable as the comments posted here. If you love the name 'Ann,' you might want to consider 'Anna' or 'Catherine' instead - IMO, similar but far superior names.

Hailey Says:


This is my middle name and I don't mind it. Short, simple, to the point. I would love to have a future daughter and give her some variation of this name, like Annalisa.

snowsbeloved Says:


Anne Shirley would agree with you :)

Lola Says:


I love that the meaning of Ann is grace!
Speaking of which, wouldn't Ann and Grace be such cute sisters? (: Or as a full name, Ann Grace is cute.

ann Says:


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ann i like the name

ann Says:


my name is ann

Catastroffy Says:


I tend to prefer English versions over French ones (Emily rather than Emilie, Sophy rather than Sophie, Cicely rather than Cecile...), but Ann / Anne is an exception. With the double N but no E, it looks as if the monosyllable shouldn't be stressed at all, but just sound like the determiner "an", and it doesn't look complete or pretty as Anne does, while retaining the same simplicity.
However, I love the name Anne so much that I would like anything of that style, so I am very keen on this name anyway. :)

Momof2Davisgirls Says:


I like the meaning. "GRACE"

Momof2Davisgirls Says:


Yap. that is my mn,Ann. I wish it was spilled "Anne". But " Ann" is ok.

scblovesnames Says:


A lots of people have this as their middle name. It's still heard a lot. I'm leaning toward Passing down a variation to a daughter with middle name Rose. It's my first middle name. Update: starting to like Ann a lot as a first name now. Maybe.

ThistleThorn Says:


everyone's middle name

Saffron_Rice Says:


It's not much better than the indefinite pronoun "an". What a difference an e makes - Anne is classic and grand, Ann like a scullery maid. Anna is beautiful.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I can't stand this spelling. It seems short, stubby, and incomplete. Give me an Anne any day.

raevynstar Says:


I prefer this to Anne.

tintri Says:


The simplicity of this name is strangely appealing to me. I'd be happy to meet a little Ann!