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meaning:Feminine form of Will
origin: American


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Gracious, Merciful

Anna comes from the biblical Hannah (Channah in the Bible) and spent many, many years in the top 25. It originally peaked at number two in 1880, and since then has gone down but remained popular, with a more recent peak of 19 in 2001. It fell below the simpler Ann in the mid-twentieth century, but has now reclaimed its spot as the most popular of the Ann/Anne/Anna set. Even though it’s slipped a little, it still fits in with today’s trend of classic and strong but feminine names, so don’t expect it to take any sort of major dive. Anna’s not just well loved in America -- it’s popular in almost every European and/or English-speaking country, and saints and royals have donned the name for centuries. Just about every language has its own variations too, from the French Anais to the Russian Anya.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 26

Famous anna

  • Anna Kournikova - tennis star
  • Anna Mary Robertson Moses (“Grandma Moses”) - folk painter
  • Anna Paquin - actress
  • Anna Kendrick - actress
  • Anna Quindlen - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author

Infamous anna

  • Anna Karenina - title character in the Russian novel Anna Karenina
  • Anna Nicole Smith - model and actress
  • Anna Ivanovna - former Empress of Russia from 1730 to 1740

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