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Gender: Female Meaning of Anne: "grace" Origin of Anne: French variation of English Ann and Hebrew Hannah Anne's Popularity in 2017: #575

The name Anne is a girl's name of Hebrew, French, English origin meaning "grace". Anne is ranked #575 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets You Know".

From the experts:

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 but Anne is still among the most classic names for girls, although others are more likely to choose the original Hannah, the Anna variation, or even Annabel or Annabella.

Anne was the name of six queens of England, two of them wives of Henry VIII, as well as the name of the present Queen Elizabeth's only daughter plus French and Russian royalty.

Anne has too many distinguished namesakes to enumerate--but among them are Anne Hathaway, (both Shakespeare's wife and the contemporary actress), Anne of Green Gables, Anne Bronte, Anne Frank, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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Famous People Named Anne

Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary
Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Anne of Bohemia, Queen consort of Richard II of England
Anne Neville, Queen consort of Richard III of England
Anne Boleyn, 2nd Queen consort of Henry VIII of England
Anne of Cleves, 4th Queen consort of Henry VIII of England
Anne of Denmark, Queen consort of James VI and I of England and Scotland
Anne of Kiev, Queen consort of Henry I of France
Anne, Duchess of Brittany, Queen consort of Charles VIII and Louis XII of France
Anne of Austria (born Ana Maria Mauricia), Queen consort of Louis XIII of France
Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark; Queen consort of Constantine II of Greece
Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte Zita Marguerite of Bourbon-Parma, Queen consort of Michael I of Romania
Anne of Bohemia and Hungary aka Anna Jagellonica, Queen consort of Ferdinand I of the Romans
Anne of Austria, Queen consort of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland and Sweden
Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, wife of future King James II of England; mother of Queen Anne
Anne, Princess of England, daughter of Charles I
Anne, Princess Royal & Princess of Orange, daughter of Britain's George II
Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal, daughter of Britain's Elizabeth II
Anne Suzuki, Japanese actress
Anne Bancroft (born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano), American actress
Anne Baxter, American actress
Anne Bradstreet, first published poet in the U.S.
Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan, American tutor of Helen Keller
Anne Bonny, Irish pirate
Anne Brontë, English novelist
Anne Louise Dudek, American actress
Anne of Austria, Landgravine of Thuringia
Anne Francine, American actress
Anne Lloyd Francis, American actress
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank, Dutch WWII diarist
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway, American actress
Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare
Anne Bright Holton, American lawyer and judge
Anne Hutchinson, American religious dissenter
Anne Villiers, Countess of Morton
Anne Maree Judkins, New Zealand race walker
Anne W. Burrell, American celebrity chef
Anne Viensouk Keothavong, Laotian-British tennis player
Anne Elise Kornblut, American writer and journalist
Anne Kremer, Luxembourgish tennis player
Anne Meara, American actress and comedian
Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh, American author, wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh
Anne Watanabe, Japanese model, daughter of actor Ken Watanabe
(Morna) Anne Murray, Canadian pop singer
Anne Klein (born Hannah Golofski), American fashion designer
Anne Provoost, Belgian novelist
Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien), American novelist
Anne Sexton, American poet
Anne Inez McCaffrey, Irish novelist
Anne Jeffreys (born Annie Carmichael), American actress
Anne Charlotte McClain, American astronaut
Anne Veski, Estonian pop singer
Anne Geddes, New Zealand photographer
Anne Elizabeth Darwin, daughter of naturalist Charles Darwin
Anne Royall, first U.S. woman journalist
Anne Kristine Stuart, American romance novelist
Anne Graham Lotz, American Christian evangelist, daughter of Billy Graham
Anne Hampton "Annie" Potts, American actress
Anne de Zogheb, Lebanese model, wife of singer Paul Anka
Anne Phyllis Tyler, American novelist
Anne-Marie (Rose Nicholson), British singer and songwriter
Anne Thérèse, Princess of Savoy
Anne Charlotte, Princess of Lorraine, Abbess of Remiremont, Mons and Essen
Anne Savile, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, English aviatrix
Anne Marguerite Brigitte Marie, Princess of Orléans, Duchess of Calabria; daughter of Prince Henri
Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon; Viscountess Anson; Princess George Valdemar of Denmark; cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
Anne Carson, Canadian poet and translator
Anne Elizabeth Gabrielle Edmonds, Australian comedian

Pop Culture References for the name Anne

Anne Shirley, main character in L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series
"Anne with an 'E,'" Netflix series based on "Anne of Green Gables"
Anne Elliot, character in Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
Anne Page, character in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Anne Patricia Howard Martin, character in movie "The Patriot"
Anne Cahill, character in "The 39 Clues" series
Anne Wheeler, character in "The Greatest Showman"
Anne, character in video game "Style Savvy"
Anne Steele, character on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Anne Manning, from the movie "Separate Lies"
Anne MacMorrow, from movie "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep"
Anne Juergens, character on TV's "Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Anne Winslow, character on TV's "Requiem for Murder"
Anne Sullivan, reoccurring character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Anne Weying, character in Marvel Universe
Anne-Marie Hoag, character in Marvel Universe
Carol Anne Freeling, character in "Poltergeist" film series
Buffy Anne Summers, main character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"


GenEric Says:


I like this name (though recently I've been leaning towards the Ann spelling). It's simplistic, but chances are she'll be the only one in her school. Annie is a cute and classic nickname whereas Anne is more serious and reserved. It's the type of name that can fit any girl.

91flaviaj Says:


This name is beautiful. A simple name but very charming, poetic and with great historical references. I would love to meet a little Anne.

christineolteanu Says:


I think Anne is a wonderful name especially in the first name position. My sister's name is Anna which I also adore. Anne has every thing I could possibly want in a name, 5 saints of the same name, connotations with royalty, a positive meaning (grace), literary associations (Anne Bronte,Anne Shirley and Anne Steele to name a few) and its not at all popular at 554. Annie is an adorable nickname, Ninon is also nice which is the french nickname. Anna (my sister) doesn't want to be called Annie because she says she likes her full name though I wish I could call her Annie. Her full name is Anna Seraphima. If I had a daughter I might call her Anna Sophia or Anne Sophia (Sophia is my other sister).

Kaylon O. Centres Says:


My fiancee' and I are undecided on Anna and Annelise. Anne is simple, yet distinct, clean, crisp, full of meaning and history. I might propose this to her as the first name. It could mean her name would be Anna Evon or Anne Evon, or Annelise Evon. My grandmother was Annie, so the name would be an ode to her.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I feel that this name is ready for a revival. It has been so overused as a middle name, and makes for a simple, yet classic and beautiful, first name. Both Anne and Anna are lovely choices.

Bobcat108 Says:


I'm so sorry for your loss, funnybunny771... :( Naming a daughter after your sister is a lovely tribute.

funnybunny771 Says:


This was my middle sister's name, although we always called her Annie. The idea from my parents was that they would christen her Anne, but she would be called Annie until she was older because it was more suitable for a little child. Her full name was Anne Rachel Rebecca for those of you looking for middle names. Our first middle name is always after a family member in our family and the second is our own. Sadly she passed away two years ago in a car accident when she was nine so never got to use Anne, but I still think it's a beautiful name. My parents wanted to give us all strong names and I think Anne is definitely a strong name and she was so strong. The name is so special to me and I will certainly name one of my children after her so I can have another wonderful Annie in my life one day. She was just light. Anne is a beautiful name for a truly beautiful soul.

Finn Says:


This name is all over my family tree, including being one of my sister's middles (Lauren Anne Elizabeth). Simple and sweet, but I think it works best in the middle spot unless paired with another name (like Rosanne, Luanne, Joanne, Annabeth, Lillianne, Anna-May, etc). And I much prefer this spelling over Ann, which doesn't look whole to me. Annie is a cute nickname option.

NaomiNY Says:


My mom's middle name is Anne.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


No, no no too boring. It's the lame middle name every girl born in the seventies and eighties got. Parents: you can do better than Anne. Give your daughter some personality for the love!

kxlly0614 Says:


I agree with lots of other people. Though Anne may be a simple name, it is a beautiful name.

ElsaAnne Says:


I think this name will make a comeback in the middle name slot, we've had Rose & May, I hope Anne appears more and more too

-EagleEyes- Says:


Annabeth, Annie, Julianna, Savannah, Liliana, Ryan, Anna-Maria, Marianna

clairels Says:


Annabelle, Annabella, Annemarie, Georgiana, Susannah, Roxane, Deanna, Rihanna, Rihannon, Tiana, Liana...

lizway Says:


Joann(e)? (I personally would go for Johanna.) Anastasia? Annabel? Hannah? Anneliese (or its more popular form Annalise)? Andromeda?

anniebrown01 Says:


My name is Anne. I don't love this name, but I think it's better than some of the variations, like Anna or Hannah. A good choice if you're trying to reach the nickname Annie.

Mhoffman5 Says:


I want to name my daughter after my mother, whose middle name is Ann. Without the "e." I think Ann is too simple for the first name choices that I have. (Aaliyah, Harper, Hazel, Darcy, Josephine {Josie}, Karissa, Layla, and Tegan) What are some names that sound like Ann(e) besides Anna.

gummybear0724 Says:


I dislike this so much

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I think there's a lot of beauty and strength in the simplicity of Anne. It is often overlooked as boring, or nothing more than a generic middle name, but it jumped out at me because it's so disregarded today! It is classic and has lots of historic and literary connections. In a classroom full of little Sophias and Isabellas, a simple name like Anne could really stand out.

Sabina82 Says:


Was for most of my life my go to #1 name for a little girl. I still love it but my dedication to it is waning...