Variation of Hannah, Hebrew

Anna Origin and Meaning

The name Anna is girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "grace".
Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple of years. Anna offers a touch of the international and a bit more style than the oversimplified Ann, used for generations throughout Europe, from Russia to Italy, Spain to The Netherlands.

Anna is the Latin form of Hannah, a Hebrew name that derived from root chanan, meaning "grace." European Christians embraced the name for its associations with the Virgin Mary’s mother, Saint Anna — known in English as Saint Anne. While Hannah and Anna are the most common forms of the name, variations including Annie, Annalise, Anya, Anika, Nancy, and Anais also rank in the US Top 1000.

Classic and simple, Anna would be an excellent choice for parents in search of a name that will bridge two different cultures, say Jewish and Italian.

In literature, Anna is associated with Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The name was given some fresh life when it was used for the adorable younger sister voiced by Kristen Bell in the animated film Frozen. Three current bearers are actresses Anna Kendrick, Anna Friel, and Anna Paquin.

Anya takes it more into international territory, and Anja, even further. Read more about Anna and other Disney Princess Names in our featured blog.
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Famous People Named Anna

  • AnnaBiblical prophetess
  • Anna IoannovnaEmpress of Russia
  • Anna JagiellonQueen of Poland
  • Anna of CilliQueen consort of Jogaila of Poland
  • Anna of AustriaQueen consort of Philip II of Spain
  • Anna of TyrolHoly Roman Empress consort of Matthias
  • Anna Pavlovna of RussiaQueen consort of William II of the Netherlands
  • Maria Anna (Josepha) of AustriaQueen consort of John V of Portugal
  • Maria Anna (Ricciarda Carolina Margherita Pia) of SavoyEmpress consort of Ferdinand I of Austria
  • Maria Anna of NeuburgQueen consort of Charles II of Spain
  • Anna Megale Komnene of TrebizondQueen consort of Bagrat V of Georgia
  • Anna of SchweidnitzHoly Roman Empress consort of Charles IV
  • AnnaGrand Duchess of Lithuania
  • Anna SacconeIrish,born British vlogger
  • Anna Yuryevna NetrebkoRussian opera singer
  • Anna WintourEnglish editor,in,chief of American Vogue magazine
  • Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan)American model and actress
  • Anna TrebunskayaRussian,American ballroom dancer
  • Anna Helene PaquinNew Zealand actress
  • Anna Maria Perez de TagleAmerican actress/singer
  • Anna JourneyAmerican poet
  • Anna Robinson GilliganAmerican TV journalist
  • Anna Mae Bullockbirth name of American singer Tina Turner
  • Anna KendrickAmerican actress
  • Anna GracemanAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Anna Lee (born Joan Boniface Winnifrith)English actress
  • Anna Louise FrielEnglish actress
  • Anna Katherine PopplewellEnglish actress
  • AnnaLouise Knight, English actress
  • Anna May Wong (born Wong Liu Tsong)American actress
  • AnnaSophia RobbAmerican actress
  • Anna MagnaniItalian actress
  • Anna Anderson (born Franziska Schanzkowska)Polish imposter of Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia
  • Anna Christine NalickAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Anna Kay FarisAmerican actress (pronounced Ah,na)
  • Danuta "Anna" AnkaSwedish,American model
  • Anna of AustriaDuchess consort of Albert V of Bavaria
  • Anna Charmichael TorvAustralian actress
  • Anna OrtizAmerican actress and singer
  • Anna McPartlinIrish novelist
  • Anna ChlumskyAmerican actress
  • Anna PolitkovskayaRussian journalist
  • Anna SilkCanadian actress
  • Anna Ragsdale CampAmerican actress
  • Anna Sergeyevna KournikovaRussian,American tennis player
  • Anna Julia Haywood CooperAmerican scholar and author
  • Anna Jantar (born Anna Maria Szmeterling)Polish singer
  • Anna R. SlotkyAmerican actress
  • Anna LoginovaRussian model and bodyguard
  • Anna Vladimirovna LitvinovaRussian model
  • Anna Warren BensonAmerican model, ex,wife of baseball player Kris Benson
  • Anna Michaela Ebba Electra Von HausswolffSwedish singer,songwriter
  • Anna VissiCypriot music artist
  • Anna GunnAmerican actress
  • Jiordan Anna TolliAustralian actress and singer
  • Anna SewellEnglish children's novelist
  • Anna PasseyEnglish actress
  • Anna Laetitia BarbauldEnglish poet and author
  • Anna HedhSwedish MEP
  • Anna SeleznevaRussian model
  • Anna PolitkovskayaRussian journalist
  • Anna Stanislavovna ShcherbakovaRussian figure skater
  • Anna WiseAmerican R&B singer
  • Anna Renee (Keller) DuggarAmerican reality TV personality; wife of Josh Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting"
  • Anna KorakakiGreek sport shooter
  • Anna van der BreggenDutch cyclist
  • Anna CappelliniItalian ice dancer
  • Anna QuindlenAmerican author, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Anna RawsonAustralian golfer and model
  • Anna ToddAmerican author
  • Anna CathcartCanadian actress
  • Anna DaleYouTuber from The Dale Tribe family vloggers
  • AnnaMarie Ondaatje, Sri Lankan rhythmic gymnast
  • Anna Marie GoddardAmerican model
  • Anna Karina (born Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer)Danish actress

Anna in Pop Culture

  • "Anna Karenina" novel by Leo Tolstoy and its main character
  • AnnaPrincess of Arendelle, character in Disney's "Frozen"
  • Anna May (Smith) Batescharacter on "Downton Abbey"
  • Anna CornickMain Character in Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
  • Anastasia "Anna" Kolcheckcharacter on TV's NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Annaa character in the Fire Emblem series
  • Anna Watsoncharacter in " The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
  • Anna Oliphantcharacter in "Anna & the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins
  • Annabel "Anna" Colemancharacter in movie "Freaky Friday"
  • Annacharacter in John Green's "The Fault In Our Stars"
  • Anna Bloomcharacter in "Get Well Soon" by Julie Halpern
  • Anna Emersoncharacter in "On the Island" by Tracey Garvis,Graves
  • Andromeda "Anna" Fitzgeraldcharacter in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper"
  • Anna Voralbergcharacter in the video game series "Syberia"
  • Annatitle character in the video game "Anna"
  • Anna Harrisoncharacter in the film “Stepmom"
  • Anna Lightwoodcharacter in Cassandra Clare’s “The Last Hours” series
  • Anna Whittcharacter in "Sweet Evil" by Wendy Higgins
  • Anna McDooglescharacter in movie "The Invention of Lying"
  • Anna KushinaCharacter in Anime K Project
  • Annabelle "Anna" Zhucharacter in "The Vampire Diaries" series
  • Anna Coveycharacter in the "Declaration" series by Gemma Malley
  • Anna Krasinska Keplercharacter in "Night Trains" by Barbara Wood
  • Anna Johnsoncharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • Anna Worthingtoncharacter in the TV series "Codename: Kids Next Door"
  • Anna Marie D'Ancanto aka Roguecharacter in X,Men
  • Anna/Ana/Annie Taylorcharacter in the TV series "extr@"
  • "Anna (Go to Him)" song by The Beatles
  • "Anna" song by Taken by Trees
  • "Anna Begins" song by Counting Crows
  • "Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)" song by The Bangles
  • "Anna Molly" song by Incubus
  • "Anna Sun" song by Walk the Moon
  • "Anna"song by Hello Saferide
  • "Requiem for Anna" song by Serge Gainsbourg (later covered by Portishead)
  • "Anna" song by Oliver
  • Annacharacter in the manga/anime series "The Promised Neverland"