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Gender: Female Meaning of Anna: "grace" Origin of Anna: Variation of Hannah, Hebrew Anna's Popularity in 2017: #53

The name Anna is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "grace". Anna is ranked #53 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

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Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple years. Anna offers a touch of the exotic and a bit more style than the oversimplified Ann, used for generations throughout Europe, from Russia to Italy, Spain to The Netherlands.

. Classic and simple, Anna would be an excellent choice for parents in search of a name that will bridge two different cultures, say Jewish and Italian.

In literature, Anna is associated with Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The name was given some fresh life when it was used for the adorable younger sister voiced by Kristen Bell in the animated film Frozen. Three current bearers are actresses Anna Kendrick, Anna Friel and Anna Paquin.

Anya takes it more into the territory of the exotic and Anja, even further.

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Famous People Named Anna

Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist
Anna, Biblical prophetess
Anna Ioannovna, Empress of Russia
Anna Jagiellon, Queen of Poland
Anna of Cilli, Queen consort of Jogaila of Poland
Anna of Austria, Queen consort of Philip II of Spain
Anna of Tyrol, Holy Roman Empress consort of Emperor Matthias
Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Queen consort of William II of the Netherlands
Maria Anna (Josepha) of Austria, Queen consort of John V of Portugal
Maria Anna (Ricciarda Carolina Margherita Pia) of Savoy, Empress consort of Ferdinand I of Austria
Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen consort of Charles II of Spain
Anna Megale Komnene of Trebizond, Queen consort of Bagrat V of Georgia
Anna of Schweidnitz, Holy Roman Empress consort of Charles IV
Anna, Grand Duchess of Lithuania
Anna Saccone, American/Irish vlogger
Anna Yuryevna Netrebko, Russian opera singer
Anna Wintour, English editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine
Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan), American model and actress
Anna Trebunskaya, Russian-American ballroom dancer
Anna Helene Paquin, New Zealand actress
Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, American actress/singer
Anna Journey, American poet
Anna Robinson Gilligan, American TV journalist
Anna Mae Bullock, birth name of American singer Tina Turner
Anna Kendrick, American actress
Anna Graceman, American singer-songwriter
Anna Lee (born Joan Boniface Winnifrith), English actress
Anna Louise Friel, English actress
Anna Katherine Popplewell, English actress
Anna-Louise Knight, English actress
Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong), American actress
AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
Anna Magnani, Italian actress
Anna Anderson (born Franziska Schanzkowska), Polish imposter of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia
Anna Christine Nalick, American singer-songwriter
Anna Kay Faris, American actress (pronounced Ah-na)
Danuta "Anna" Anka, Swedish-American model
Anna of Austria, Duchess consort of Albert V of Bavaria
Anna Charmichael Torv, Australian actress
Anna Ortiz, American actress and singer
Anna McPartlin, Irish novelist
Anna Chlumsky, American actress
Anna Silk, Canadian actress
Anna Ragsdale Camp, American actress
Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova, Russian-American tennis player
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, American scholar and author
Anna Jantar (born Anna Maria Szmeterling), Polish singer
Anna R. Slotky, American actress
Anna Loginova, Russian model and bodyguard
Anna Vladimirovna Litvinova, Russian model
Anna Warren Benson, American model, ex-wife of baseball player Kris Benson
Anna Michaela Ebba Electra Von Hausswolff, Swedish singer-songwriter
Anna Vissi, Cypriot music artist
Anna Gunn, American actress
Jiordan Anna Tolli, Australian actress and singer
Anna Sewell, English children's novelist
Anna Passey, English actress
Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and author
Anna Hedh, Swedish MEP
Anna Selezneva, Russian model
Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist
Anna Stanislavovna Shcherbakova, Russian figure skater
Anna Wise, American R&B singer
Anna Renee (Keller) Duggar, American reality TV personality; wife of Josh Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting"
Anna Korakaki, Greek sport shooter
Anna van der Breggen, Dutch cyclist
Anna Cappellini, Italian ice dancer
Anna Quindlen, American author, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner
Anna Rawson, Australian golfer and model
Anna Todd, American author
Anna Cathcart, young Canadian actress
Anna Dale, YouTuber from The Dale Tribe family vloggers
Anna-Marie Ondaatje, Sri Lankan rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Anna

"Anna Karenina," novel by Leo Tolstoy and its main character
Anna, Princess of Arendelle, character in Disney's "Frozen"
Anna May Bates (nee Smith), character on "Downton Abbey"
Anna Cornick, Main Character in Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
Anastasia "Anna" Kolcheck, character on TV's NCIS: Los Angeles
Anna, a character in the Fire Emblem series
Anna Watson, character in " The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
Anna Oliphant, character in "Anna & the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins
Annabel "Anna" Coleman, character in movie "Freaky Friday"
Anna, character in John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars"
Anna Bloom, character in "Get Well Soon" by Julie Halpern
Anna Emerson, character in "On the Island" by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Andromeda "Anna" Fitzgerald, character in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
Anna Whitt, character in "Sweet Evil" by Wendy Higgins
Anna McDoogles, character in movie "The Invention of Lying"
Anna Kushina, Character in Anime K Project
Annabelle "Anna" Zhu, character in "The Vampire Diaries" series
Anna Covey, character in the "Declaration" series by Gemma Malley
Anna Krasinska Kepler, character in "Night Trains" by Barbara Wood
Anna Johnson, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Anna Worthington, character in the TV series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
Anna Marie D'Ancanto aka Rogue, character in X-Men
Anna/Ana/Annie Taylor, character in the TV series "extr@"
"Anna (Go to Him)," song by The Beatles
"Anna," song by Taken by Trees
"Anna Begins," song by Counting Crows
"Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)," song by The Bangles
"Anna Molly," song by Incubus
"Anna Sun," song by Walk the Moon
"Anna", song by Hello Saferide
"Requiem for Anna," song by Serge Gainsbourg (later covered by Portishead)
"Anna," song by Oliver
Anna Voralberg, character in the video game series "Syberia"
Anna, eponymous character in the video game "Anna"

Aska, Annah, Annina, Anah, Anita, Ahnna, Annora, Anona, Anica, Anyu

Anna's International Variations

Anya, Ania (Russian) Áine (Irish Gaelic) Ane (Danish) Ana (Portuguese)

Comments

pointless Says:

2018-03-16T08:03:29

What is it about Anna that's just so pretty? I just adore little Anna

Kaylon O. Centres Says:

2018-01-15T00:10:56

With a great-great grandmother named Ann, two great grandmothers named Annie, along with a grandmother named Annie, and her daughter, my aunt, with the same name, this makes a great choice. It's fresh, simple, easy to pronounce, and spell. This, along with Caroline, are top contenders if we have a daughter.

Paigeofabook2000 Says:

2017-09-04T03:00:13

My name is Hannah, but I've always liked Anna better. :P The grass is always greener, I guess.

bordercollie Says:

2017-08-10T13:06:44

Anna is somewhat pretty, but I find it really bland, especially when pronounced AN-ah. I far prefer variants like Annabeth and Anya, I even find extremely common Hannah more interesting than just Anna.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-04-28T13:09:31

Classic and beautiful

Too-ticky Says:

2017-02-21T21:40:28

I'm Russian and, believe me, no one in Russia would ever pronounce this as Ah-na. Ann-a (with a clear double n) is the only proper way as far as I'm concerned.

Mikayla395 Says:

2016-09-10T14:33:53

There's a special beauty in this name.

abertawe Says:

2016-07-04T17:08:42

It's likely that we are interpreting the "ah" sound, when written, differently. However it sounds when a native Spanish speaker makes an 'an' sound, differs from the American 'on' sound.
English speakers tend to morph vowels to sound more accurate and end up overdoing it and you end up with hypercorrection.

snowsbeloved Says:

2016-07-01T22:16:06

That may be your opinion :) As a Latina, I've had family pronounce it ah-na so...yeah.

abertawe Says:

2016-06-20T21:50:19

ON-a vs. ANN-a are quite different sounds, whether said quickly or not.
My only exposure to the ON-a pronunciation has been from Frozen and the actress Anna Faris. This differs from "anne"-a which is an open mouth sound that rhymes with man, can, etc.

abertawe Says:

2016-06-20T21:45:27

Spanish pronunciation of Ana isn't like the American "ONN-a" way of saying this name.

snowsbeloved Says:

2015-11-13T19:10:50

I don't know about that one :( Looks Hawaiian to me.

Luísa Says:

2015-11-12T18:51:39

Thank you! And about Ane, is it the same as Anne?

snowsbeloved Says:

2015-11-10T11:50:36

I'm with you on that!

snowsbeloved Says:

2015-11-10T11:46:45

Nope. Ana is pretty straightforwardly pronounced AH-ah. Especially because of its Latin roots. By default double consonants in English signals a short vowel sound. Like "hopped" vs "hoped" or "ratted vs "rated". Until the Frozen movie, I confidently pronounced the name Anna ANN-ah. After Frozen came out, I'm a little scared to mispronounce the name, so I wait for someone to say the name first and then I will know the preferred pronunciation. I'm just glad I don't know a lot of Annas!

Luísa Says:

2015-11-06T20:32:23

This "English dilemma" is very funny actually. How one or two Ns can make a difference? Aren't double Ns pronounced the same way as one lonely N?

I have no life Says:

2015-08-14T20:11:27

You Called? ;)

Nahmen Says:

2015-08-14T20:09:36

*in an angered tone* AAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAA

Hannah_ Says:

2015-05-03T21:13:17

Haha! My name is Anna....I think

Guest Says:

2015-03-21T18:29:31

Beautiful name. Pronounced both ways it is still beautiful. Classic and simple yet elegant

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2015-03-04T21:06:32

Thank you :) Yes, it's pronounced the same in Britain. The accent's different, but that's all.

EleanorAll1 Says:

2015-03-01T17:56:31

In the US we mostly do pronounce it like Anne with an A on the end. I always thought it was the same in Britain. Is it not? I agree, in Frozen it was pronounced more like AH-na, but I think if you say on-ah quickly it comes to about the same thing.

TheHumanCanvas Says:

2015-03-01T16:44:42

"Frozen" has TOTALLY messed up my understanding of the US pronunciation of Anna. In Britain we pronounce it with a short A, and I'd always assumed that the American pronunciation would be like Anne with an A popped on the end. I didn't think "Frozen" pronounced it as ON-a, but rather with a posher accent, like AH-na (even though that distinction actually makes no difference where I come from). Could someone please clear this up for me?

jordalini Says:

2014-12-29T07:56:32

I dislike this name, I think it is boring. Also I feel if you want the Ah-na pronunciation, you should spell it Ana

Saffron_Rice Says:

2014-12-13T12:05:00

Exquisitely beautiful - adore Anna.

Guest Says:

2014-12-12T04:43:21

Where I live (Maryland) it's usually pronounced ah-na but I hear Anna the "regular" way as well. I prefer ah-na.

PewdsIsSoCool Says:

2014-12-12T03:13:14

I agree that the best way to say it would just be to pronounce it like the person with the actual name pronounces it. I don't really mind if people call other people On-ah if that's what they want to be called. But, I personally prefer Ann-a, and it does irritate me when other people call me On-ah just because they want to. I've been called Ann-a since I was born more than a decade ago, and I don't want that to change because everyone wants to call me On-ah. Although, I don't believe either pronunciation is better, I just prefer the one I've been called my entire life.

Leah3456 Says:

2014-11-15T13:33:25

Beautiful name!

anna Says:

2014-11-13T00:27:20

Actually Anna is so ancient and derives from the name "Hannah" and Jews pronounce it "Ah-nah" as does every other culture that have used the name for the better part of a millenium. From Swedes, Finns, Norwegians, Danes, Russians, Germans, French, Spanish, Hawaiian and even Chinese and beyond, for hundreds of years they ALL pronounce it Ah-na. It is only the English language that has the harsh sounding pronunciation of "ANN-na". If one were to do their research, not withstanding "Frozen"'s popularity, the authentic way to pronounce it if you're honoring your heritage that isn't English it's "AH-na". We're Swedish so we say AH-na.

madmaddie Says:

2014-10-26T02:54:58

Guess what? In other places, the "Frozen" way IS the correct way, sorry. It really depends on where you live, as another poster said.

That said, I know 2 Annas - one pronounces it Ann-a, the other On-a. Both were born long before the movie came out.

ajt Says:

2014-10-26T02:27:55

Same... My name is also Anna not Anna pronounced the frozen way.

Anna Says:

2014-08-06T05:23:11

My name was Anna 14 year before the movie Frozen came out, thank you!

Myosotis Says:

2014-07-07T01:05:56

I'm still saying AN-a. It's how most people say it here (UK), as far as I know, regardless of Frozen. ON-a I'd spell Honour/Honor (-or comes out more like -uh when I say it) and Ah-na I'd spell Ana. Tbh, my favourite is Ana.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-07-07T00:09:53

Why is this page italicised?!

Nooshi Says:

2014-07-06T22:52:27

I'd never heard it pronounced ah-nuh before Frozen. If it was, it was always spelt Ana.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2014-07-06T22:03:50

Pronunciation depends on where you live. IF someone introficed themself to you as AN-uh, would you call them ON-na? I personally wouldn't. I would say the name as they said it was.

HatGirl Says:

2014-07-06T21:39:42

this is my name i pronouce it An-na go reguler pronouceation! I want to bring my version back! It is better than the frozen veryation!

ambg Says:

2014-05-27T22:43:24

Love that this name in the BEST pronunciation (the same as mine ;P) is on the rise because of Frozen!

leonoras Says:

2014-05-15T19:28:06

From now on, I pronounce it ON-na instead of AN-ah. Go Frozen!