Gender: Female Meaning of Anna: "grace" Origin of Anna: Variation of Hannah, Hebrew Anna's Popularity in 2019: #63

Anna Origin and Meaning

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

Anna is the Latin form of Hannah, a Hebrew name that derived from root chanan, meaning “grace.” European Christians embraced the name for its associations with the Virgin Mary’s mother, Saint Anna—known in English as Saint Anne. While Hannah and Anna are the most common forms of the name, variations including Annie, Annalise, Anya, Anika, Nancy, and Anais also rank in the US Top 1000.

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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Rank in US: #63

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Famous People Named Anna

Pop Culture References for the name 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)


ivy194 Says:


Sorry, but this is overused and boring too me. I prefer the An-nuh pronounciation rather then the awful Frozen one.
Still, Anna seems boring too me.

planetnames Says:


Who knew it could be pronounced Oh-na? The old (An-na) pronunciation is just more familiar...

LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


Yeah this is how I say it too. The frozen one is just slow and ugly

LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


No. Just No. Its just weird. As a British person, I would definitely use AN-uh. Oh-na is just straight up American.

LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


I actually can not express how much I hate the frozen pronunciation of this name, it makes it sound like a drawl instead of a relatively short and sweet name. AN-uh is so, so, so, so, much better than OHHHH-na ugh

Annabvella Says:


I really love this name, I've loved this name ever since I was a kid when I saw Anna from frozen. I honestly really want to change my name to this when I turn 18.

pointless Says:


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

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


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:


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

bordercollie Says:


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:


Classic and beautiful

Too-ticky Says:


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:


There's a special beauty in this name.

abertawe Says:


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:


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

abertawe Says:


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:


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

snowsbeloved Says:


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

Luísa Says:


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

snowsbeloved Says:


I'm with you on that!

snowsbeloved Says:


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:


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:


You Called? ;)

Nahmen Says:



Hannah_ Says:


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

Guest Says:


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

TheHumanCanvas Says:


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

EleanorAll1 Says:


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:


"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:


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:


Exquisitely beautiful - adore Anna.

Guest Says:


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:


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:


Beautiful name!

anna Says:


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:


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:


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

Anna Says:


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

Myosotis Says:


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:


Why is this page italicised?!

Nooshi Says:


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

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


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:


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:


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

leonoras Says:


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