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Gender: Female Meaning of Hannah: "grace" Origin of Hannah: Hebrew Hannah's Popularity in 2017: #32

The name Hannah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "grace". Hannah is ranked #32 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

From the experts:

Hannah is one of the nation's top biblical girls' names—it surpassed Sarah in 1998, and is behind only Abigail and Elizabeth. Hannah is a name with many sources of appeal: Old Testament roots, soft and gentle sound, and a homey yet aristocratic image. The Biblical Hannah was the mother of Samuel.

The TV show Hannah Montana was a huge TV teen sensation from 2006 to 2011, and more recently was the name Lena Dunham chose for her own character in her hit series Girls. Hannah Baker is a central character on the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why.

Hannah is also a name that in its varied versions, which include Hana and Hanna, has roots in many cultures, from Hebrew to Arabic, European to Asian. All in all, Hannah is still a wonderful if widely used name.

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Famous People Named Hannah

Johanna "Hannah" Arendt, German-American political theorist
Hannah Wood, American actress; sister of Elijah Wood
Hannah Campbell Grant Gordon, Scottish actress
Hannah Wilke (born Arlene Hannah Butter), American painter
Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery, one-time richest woman in Britain
Hannah Hoes Van Buren, First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Martin Van Buren
Hannah Teter, American snowboarder
(Hannah) Dakota Fanning, American actress
Hannah Simone, Canadian Actress
Hannah Rose Ware, English model and actress
Hannah Trigwell, English singer
Hannah Tinti, American novelist
Hannah Angela Kearney, American Olympic mogul skier
Hannah Cohen, American singer
Hannah Lynn Storm, American TV journalist
Hannah Szenes, British World War II paratrooper
Hannah Louise Spearitt, English actress
Hannah Davis, American fashion model
Hannah Georgas, Canadian singer
Hannah Maud Hart, American vlogger
Anna Therese Johanne "Hannah" Hoch, German Dada artist
Hannah Yelland, British actress
Hannah More, English religious author and philanthropist
Hannah Brown, American Vlogger
Hannah Jacklin, American child model; twin sister Hayden Jacklin
Hannah Gibson, daughter of actor Mel Gibson
Hannah Joy Gosselin, daughter of American TV personalities Jon & Kate Gosselin
Hannah Jane Shepherd (b. 1985), daughter of actors Jessica Lange and Sam Shepherd
Hannah Mali Rose, daughter of actress Sarah Drew
Hannah Kathryn Hader, daughter of comedian Bill Hader

Pop Culture References for the name Hannah

Hannah Abbott, character in the Harry Potter series
Hannah Diamant, character in manga/anime "Attack on Titan"
Hannah, character in the 2008 movie "Made of Honor"
Hannah Rayburn, character on TV's "State of Grace"
Hannah Baker, character in "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
Hannah McKay, character on TV's "Dexter"
Hannah Horvath, main character in HBO's show "Girls"
Hannah Tupper, character in 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond'
Hannah Baxter, from TV series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"
Hannah Javensen, character in "The Face on the Milk Carton"
Hannah Jarvis, character in "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard
Hannah Burley, character on TV series "Bones"
Hannah Anafeloz, character in the manga/anime Kuroshitsuji /Black Butler
Hannah Shepard, mother of player character Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect franchise, "Spacer" background
Hannah Rose/Brown from children's novel "The Puzzle Ring"
Hannah Conroy Scott, character in This golden land, by Barbara Wood
Hannah, the main character in the folk tale 'The Clever Girl'
Hannah Rosso- character in the children's novel '10 Kids, No Pets', by Ann M Martin
Hannah Washington, character in video game "Until Dawn"
Hannah "Nana" Weaver, character in film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
"Hannah and Her Sisters," 1986 movie
"Hannah", song by band SWMRS
"Hannah Hunt", song by band Vampire Weekend
"Hannah Montana," Disney TV series
"Hannah Takes the Stairs," 2007 movie

Hanae, Channah, Honna, Nanney, Chana, Nan, Hannie, Hannaa, Chanah, Hanny, Hanah, Hanna, Channach, Chanha, Hanni

Hannah's International Variations

Hajina, Anci, Analee, Nusi (Hungarian) Annalie (Finnish) Anne, Ann (English) Anka, Hania, Ania (Polish) Hana (Slavic) Anezka (Czech) Haniyyah (Tunisian) Anya (Russian) Anneka (Swedish) Hanne (Nordic) Anna (Italian) Ana (Spanish) Hannele (German) Haniyah (Moroccan)


MissYellowButterfly Says:


Grew up with this name and got it changed. I recommend that you don't give it to a daughter. It's way too popular and it's boring as hell. Dry, rusty, overused, and you kind of have to say it in your nose. Try "Susannah", "Grace", or another biblical name instead.

GenEric Says:


Did you mention me?

TechnoKitten Says:


Horribly overused.Something cool about this name is that's it's the same spelled backwards.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


Aurora Dawn as well....

acf876 Says:


My daughter is Hannah. She is only 14 months old. I don't hear a lot of Hannah's her age it was much more popular in the early 2000s. I have always loved this name. It is super sweet and has a nice sound. I pronounce it Han Nah,

Kimbie Says:


Much prefer Johanna. Hannah is just, meh, to me.

indiefendi2 Says:


I know. Meaning isn't always the most important thing but it really can't get more generic than Hannah Grace, to me.

Rosie2525 Says:


Well, everyone is untitled to their opinion, but I'm sure most people aren't that concerned about the name meanings, but how much they like the sound :)

indiefendi2 Says:


I wonder how many poor girls out there are named Hannah Grace.... that's almost as bad as Elizabeth Isabella in redundancy.

isolemnlysweariamuptodrarry Says:


My name is Hannah and I personally find it OK, it is really common which is kinda annoying but it is a really pretty name. There are no real nicknames for it (my friends and family call me H, Han, Hammy ect) but it is really nice!

Daiseymae Says:


Hannah is a very pretty name, but it has been too popular the last 25 years.

Eliza1303 Says:


I would really really like the name Hannah if it weren’t so popular. There are soooo many Hannahs in my school. I really wouldn’t like my future kid to have to be called with their last initial at the end. I really mostly like this name from the super cool FBI agent on the tv show designated survivor,Hannah Wells.

formalfish Says:


Your name is Grace Grace!

Greybank Says:


This is my first name, and I absolutely despise it. Not only do I run into five other Hannahs every day, but it's just so bland. Paired with my middle name, which makes it it Hannah Marie, I find that my name sounds like the likes of a yacht. I won't even begin on how my middle name sounds like an elderly woman. Overall Hannah is too boring and common, take it from me. Go with something more unique and personal rather than naming your child something that you found after flipping through a baby book for one second.

bordercollie Says:


Hannah is common and has been for a while, but I find it more familiar than boring. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with a name being common, as it's tried and true, not going to go completely out of style in the near future. Sometimes, it's better to have a 'plain' or 'forgettable' name than a 'weird' one; take it from a Rebecca with an obscurely named sister. Anyway, I find Hannah sweet, warm, and feminine, if a little soft.

hannahgracewilson Says:


I have a really common name, Hannah is my first and Grace is my middle. I've known like eight Hannahs. But I do like my name, since it's after my late aunt and it has a simple, soft sound to it. I love my name, I wish it wasn't so common but I do love it.

roseofjune Says:


I feel bad for saying this but Hannah is one of my least favorite names. I even prefer Emma and Anna to it, and they too are quite similar in sound and popularity. Something about Hannah is so dry and overused that I simply can't muster up excitement about meeting another Hannah again. This name needs to be given a long break before its previous uniqueness can be restored.

indiefendi2 Says:


I don't know why I don't like this name but it's kinda nasally to me. I think variations like Hania are much prettier

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name

beachbear Says:


I've always loved this name. I also love Emma, Jane, and Adam, so maybe I like "boring" classic names. The best thing about them, though: they've withstood the test of time, and they won't be going out of style.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Such a beautiful sounding name!!! I love to call this one out loud!

Maza16 Says:


My niece is named Hannah, We call her Nooni:) I love her nickname!

snowsbeloved Says:


Too common that it's now plain. It's taken the place of Jane ( which now has a fresh snap to it).

berry_chick Says:


I don't really find this name boring, probably because I only know one Hannah...but this is a good name that suits all ages.

RoddyThlayli Says:


One of my best friend's parents is named Hannah, so along with the names Joyce and Amanda, they sound like the names of middle-aged mothers to me.

Bobcat108 Says:


For me, Hannah is always Hannah Gruen, the housekeeper in the Nancy Drew books.

scblovesnames Says:


Names that are very popular usually sound boring, my name is Sarah, which Ive always thought was boring but the more I age the more I like it. I love the simplicity of Hannah. I prefer this name to its variation Ann.

ThistleThorn Says:


One of my favorite sibsets is Hannah and Hailey. Don't like the spelling of Hanna though.

Fiona Says:


I have 10 (Facebook) friends named hannah, i don't understand why its so popular seems boring

Leah3456 Says:


This name is gorgeous and soft-sounding.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I find this name- as well as Amelia- just, well, bleh. Nothing special about it.

unicornluvgirl Says:


What a pretty name, but our weird neighbor is named this... I think twins named Hannah and Grace would be very cute though, and not too obvious!

loverofnames86 Says:


This name is beautiful, and I find that it suits many types of girls/women.