Gender: Female Meaning of Savannah: "flat tropical grassland" Origin of Savannah: Spanish Savannah's Popularity in 2019: #54

Savannah Origin and Meaning

The name Savannah is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "flat tropical grassland".

A place name with a deep Southern accent, the once-obscure Savannah shot to fame, with others of its genre, on the heels of the best seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which was set in the mossy Georgia city of Savannah. Originally a substitute for the overused Samantha, Savannah is now becoming overused itself, long among the top girls' names starting with S.

Before that, there were Savannahs in the novel and movie The Prince of Tides, in the Terry McMillan hit novel and film Waiting to Exhale, played by Whitney Houston and, even earlier, in a 1982 movie called Savannah Smiles.

Savannah has actually been on the popularity list since records started being kept in the 1880's; she's been in the Top 100 since 1993. Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross chose Savannah for her twin daughter, and it's the name of Queen Elizabeth's first great-grandchild. And Savannah Guthrie can be seen every morning on the Today Show.

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Rank in US: #54

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dogs+books Says:


Argh, why would someone want to name their kid after a desert?

CarnationChrysanthemum Says:


I love this name! I don’t know why, it’s just so whimsical! So many think that this the name of a typical mean girl name. I don’t see it that way at all!

CailinRua Says:


Why are the children of famous people referred to as famous people? Unless they are famous in their own right, they do not count as famous people.

Lippy Jean Says:


LOVE that!! Savannah Lily sounds adorable!!!!!!!

NameLover 11 Says:


i ADORE this name. Thoughts on the combo Savannah Lily??

lindseylou89 Says:


Savannah :)

sas123 Says:


Savannah or Addison?

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I've met two Savannah's in my life and the both give positivity to the name. I love this name for a little country girl.

actingfun Says:


I don't know what it is about this name, but I love it. I prefer the spelling Savanna, but this is also very pretty. I'm not a huge fan of how popular it is, but I love it anyway.

Hylian Wizard Says:


I feel the same. It's not really a name I like, but a solid choice if you want something familiar. The reason I don't like Savannah too much is only because of how much it's overused.

Lena_Aline Says:


Along with Ashley, stereotypical name for a mean, popular girl.

Michaela Says:


Could this get any more dull and repetitious?

Lola Says:


I ♥ this name!
Although I might use the less popular and more straight forward spelling Savanna... Both are cute


britnamy Says:


Went to school with so many Savannah's i had three in my 2nd grade class.

Rachel Kent Says:


Scarlett's or Savannah mmm decisions 💕 xx

luella_madison Says:


It's pretty common where I live (which is close to the actual city), but it's nice. One of the four I know goes by Savvy, not a nickname you hear often.

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I LOVE this sounds so,so,so,so,SO pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DolphinLover17 Says:


I love this name! I think it is so beautiful.

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


A. I Love this name! B. It reminds me more of the African Savannah than the U.S city.

raevynstar Says:


Not the most original, but not bad.