Gender: Female Meaning of Anne: "grace" Origin of Anne: French variation of English Ann and Hebrew Hannah Anne's Popularity in 2018: #599

Anne Origin and Meaning

The name Anne is a girl's name of Hebrew, French, English origin meaning "grace".

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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bordercollie Says:


I personally wouldn't use it, but I can definitely appreciate the beautiful simplicity of Anne. Way better as a first name than a middle name.

Annabvella Says:


Tbh Anne is way better as a first name no cap

strawberry1117 Says:


My name is Anne and I love it! Yes, it's understated but that's honestly why I love it. I like having a classic name and I like that it's "Anne" instead of "Ann". It's often overlooked because EVERYONE used it as a middle name but it grows with you, it's not just a little girls name or just an older lady name. My fiance affectionately calls me "Annie" and my brother and cousins call me "AK"- my middle name is Katherine.

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 A simple name but very charming, poetic and with great historical references.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...