Anna (given name)

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti - The Girlhood of Mary Virgin.jpg
Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, depicted instructing her daughter in this painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The popularity of the name Anne is largely due to this saint.
Language(s)Hebrew, Greek, Latin
Meaningfull of grace, Favor
Other names
See alsoAna, Anne, Annie

Anna is a Latin form of the Greek: Ἅννα and the Hebrew name Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה Ḥannāh‎), meaning "favor" or "grace" or "beautiful". Anna is in wide use in countries across the world as are its variants Anne, originally a French version of the name, though in use in English speaking countries for hundreds of years, and Ann, which was originally the English spelling. Saint Anne is traditionally the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary, which accounts for its wide use and popularity among Christians. The name has also been used for numerous saints and queens.[citation needed]

Variant forms[edit]

Alternate forms of Anna, including spelling variants, short forms, diminutives and transliterations are:

Composite names including Anna and variants[edit]


Anna is a very common given name. People with the name include:

as a masculine name

Fictional use[edit]

See also[edit]


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