Gender: Female Origin of Annalise: Combination of Anna and Lise Meaning of Anna: Variation of Hannah, Hebrew, "grace" Annalise's Popularity in 2019: #457

Annalise Origin and Meaning

The name Annalise is a girl's name of German origin.

Variously spelled Annalise and Annaliese, this is not a modern smoosh but a traditional German combo-name (the liese part coming from a short form of Elizabeth, with a definite Heidi-esque feel). But though it may be seen as old style in Germany, it's a recent success in this country: Annalise jumped onto the popularity list for the first time in 1997.

TV fans know Annalise as the first name of the lead character in ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," played by Viola Davis, who won an Emmy for the role.

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Rank in US: #457

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Annalise's International Variations

Anneliese, Anneli (Scandinavian)


Vanessa Says:


What a perfect association <3

Vanessa Says:


I love the name Annelise / Anneliese. I tried to look up an actress with her name and just found terrifying images from a certain movie. It's unfortunate that apparently that association is so popular, but that's now how I think of the name at all.

I think it does sound like a German or Scandinavian princess, who's good at singing and the arts, or 20 girls names for sure.

scblovesnames Says:


I think this would be excellent as a middle name for Blair, Blair Annalise go so well together.

Shan Jeniah Burton Says:


We named our daughter, born in 2004, Annalise. My husband wanted to name her Annalee, and I preferred Elise. It was a compromise. She's 12.5 now, and fits her name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's a lovely name. Is this the original spelling, or Annaliese? Is Annelise a variant? I feel confused by the different versions.

Daiseymae Says:


I was just about to say that about Anne Frank. Thanks.

Dawn Says:


I named my daughter this only we spelled it Analeis. Of course we have ended up calling her Ana for short.

Adelcambre Says:


My name is Annelise and my spelling is a combo of the French and Dutch spellings. In Dutch it's Annelies. Europeans automatically recognize my name, Anne Frank's real name was actually Anneliese. I love my name!

_hannah Says:


I'm german as well and would also say Anneliese is the traditional spelling (my 80-year-old grandma has this name)

Floris Says:


So, my first language is actually German. Anneliese is (obviously just my opinipm) the traditional German spelling.
I've heard Annalisa, this is not a traditional German spelling, but I personally feel like most Germans would think Annalisa is more modern (even though both versions of this name are not really modern).

Imo it's either Annalisa or Anneliese. What nameberry is suggesting here doesn't sound traditionally German but like a mix between those two. However, if you do want to combine the Anna with the liese (which is imo a pretty cool twist) it should be liese and not lise, I've never even seen Lise, tbh... To me Lise looks wrong.

Danihu Says:


I believe it's Anneliese

VorththeCat Says:


This is my absolute favorite name! Does anyone know if this is the traditional spelling of the name? I feel like for being German, the original spelling would be Annaliese.

georgiaO Says:


My sister liked this name but now she likes Autumn. Great name though. Very sweet. My sis wanted the nickname Annie which is also very nice!

adelinejane Says:


I love this name! If I was expecting twin girls or a boy and a girl, (I'm expecting twin boys) one of them would definitely be named Annalise

Daiseymae Says:


I love this name too. So pretty.

Guest Says:


Whenever I see this I think of analyzing so I only stick with the Anneliese spelling

Alicia1 Says:


I am still "crushing" on this name! Its so feminine without being over the top girly,

Alicia1 Says:


I have only met 1 person with this name and she is in her 40's. I think it is so pretty.

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