"pure, virginal"

Agnes Origin and Meaning

The name Agnes is girl's name of Greek origin meaning "pure, virginal".
Agnes is the Latin variation of the name Hagne, which itself derived from the Greek word hagnos, meaning "chaste." In medieval times, St. Agnes was a very popular saint, leading to its popularity as a girl's name. Agnes Grey is the title of one of the two novels written by Anne Brontë.

Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come back in. It did look cute on a little girl in Despicable Me, and nickname Aggie has lots of retro appeal.

Agnes has also been making inroads in the celebrisphere—first actress Elisabeth Shue chose Agnes for her third child, and more recently Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their daughter Agnes Lark.

The French pronunciation—ahn-YEZ—could make it more attractive, but few Americans would comply. Other interesting variations: the Welsh Nesta, the Latin/Scandinavian Agneta, the Spanish Inez/Ines/Ynez, and the Scottish Senga—which happens to be Agnes spelled backwards.

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Famous People Named Agnes

  • Saint Agnes of Rome3rd century virgin,martyr
  • Saint Agnes of Assisisister of Clare of Assisi, abbess of the Order of Poor Ladies
  • (Marie) Agnes HenriettePrincess of Hohenlohe,Langenburg; Hereditary Princess of Löwenstein,Wertheim,Rosenberg
  • (Frederica Amalia) AgnesPrincess of Anhalt,Dessau; Duchess consort of Saxe,Altenburg
  • Agnes Sorelmistress of King Charles VII of France
  • Agnes George de MilleAmerican dancer and choreographer
  • Agnes Ayres (born Agnes Eyre Henkel)American silent film actress
  • Agnes BrucknerAmerican actress
  • Agnes Robertson MooreheadAmerican actress
  • Agnes (Emilia Carlsson)Swedish pop singer
  • Agnes Caroline Thaarup ObelDanish singer,songwriter
  • Agnes VarisAmerican businesswoman and philanthropist
  • Agnes NixonAmerican soap opera writer and producer
  • Agnes Catharina KantDutch politician
  • Agnes SchierhuberAustrian politician
  • Agnes VardaFrench New Wave film director
  • Agnes Martin20th century American Abstract artist
  • Agnes Mary Nolan CohanAmerican dancer
  • Agnes RandolphCountess of Dunbar and March, was better known as Black Agnes, a Scottish heroine who famously withstood a siege of her castle by the English , "Cam I early, cam I late, I found Agnes at the gate"
  • Agnes MonicaIndonesian singer and actress
  • Agnes Yorke (b. 2004)daughter of singer Thom Yorke of Radiohead
  • Agnes Charles (b. 2006)daughter of actress Elisabeth Shue
  • Agnes Lark Bettany (b. 2011)daughter of actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany
  • Agnes Bro Asbæk (b. 2012)daughter of actor Pilou Asbæk and Anna Bro

Agnes in Pop Culture

  • "Agnes Grey" novel by Anne Bronte and its main character
  • Agnes Rackamdelusional wife of William Rackam in Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  • "Agnes" novel by Peter Stamm and its main character
  • "Agnes" comic strip by Tony Cochran and its main character
  • Agnesbirth name of Esmeralda in Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre,Dame"
  • Agnes Flemingmother of the title character in Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
  • Agnes Grulittle girl in movie "Despicable Me"
  • Agnes de Villeroycharacter in G. A. Henty's, At Agincourt
  • Agnes Andrewscharacter in the Gossip Girl series
  • Agnescharacter in movie "The Poker House"
  • Agnes Hollandcharacter on TV's "Upstairs Downstairs"
  • Agnes Pittcharacter in the American Girl Samantha series, twin sister of Agatha Pitt
  • Agnes Adlercharacter in movie "It's Complicated"
  • Agnes Wickfieldcharacter in Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield"
  • Agnes Goochhomely character in "Mame"
  • Agnes SkinnerPrincipal Skinner's mother from "The Simpsons"
  • Agnes de Burgcharacter in G. A. Henty's, Wulf the Saxon
  • Agnes HarmonArthur's deceased wife on TV's "Maude"
  • Agnesnerdy character on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
  • Agneswitch on TV's "The Originals"
  • Agnes Proutcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Agnes Crumplebottomcharacter in "The Sims" (1 , 3) video/computer games
  • Agnès Obligecharacter in the Square Enix game series "Bravely Default"
  • Agnes Towlercharacter on TV's Mr. Selfridge
  • AgnesKristofferson's love interest in the movie 'Fantastic Mr Fox'
  • "Agnes"song by Glass Animals
  • Agnes Rofacharacter in TV show "The Umbrella Academy"
  • Agnes Juraticharacter in the upcoming TV series "Star Trek: Picard"
  • Agnes Montaguecharacter in the podcast 'The Magnus Archives'
  • Agnes Kitsworthcharacter in TV's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."