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Gender: Female Origin of Pollyanna: Combination of Polly and Anna Meaning of Anna: Variation of Hannah, Hebrew, "grace"

The name Pollyanna is a girl's name . Pollyanna and is often added to lists like Hipster British Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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Has become an adjective for being overly optimistic.

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Famous People Named Pollyanna

Pollyanna Woodward, English TV presenter
Pollyanna Johns Kimbrough, Jamaican-American pro basketball player
Pollyanna McIntosh, Scottish actor, writer, and director

Pop Culture References for the name Pollyanna

Pollyanna Whittier, main character in "Pollyanna," children's novel by Eleanor H. Porter; now synonym for an optimist
Pollyanna aka Nomi Malone, main character in movie "Showgirls"
Pollyanna, Australian alt-rock band


Mhill46 Says:


Not sure about this. It's a little "frilly" for my taste but there is something about it that I really like. Going to the "maybe" list.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I've never heard Paula suggested as a nickname before. Bless you for that - it's my name. Actually, a friend did tell me years ago that another friend of hers was Pauline, known as Paula, so guess I have heard it once. I also love the name Pollyanna - and Polly. 😃

Mikayla395 Says:


Pollyanna has a French sound to it when I say it. I love the name! It has many possibilities for nicknames (Polly, Anna, Paula, Ann) I think it sounds gorgeous.

EW314 Says:


Too tied to the character, and too babyish IMO.

Zelliew Says:


Yes - It could backfire

Catastroffy Says:


I think this name's literary ties might be a bit too strong. The child might think she had a sort of duty to try and be like Pollyanna Whittier, even if her nature is completely different.