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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 "Drop Your Favorite: GIRLS!".

From the experts:

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)