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Origin, Meaning, And History of Anne

Anne is a traditionally popular feminine name that is often associated with mixed origins. However, it is derived from the name Anna, which is a shortened version of the names Hannah or Channah, which means “grace” in Hebrew. Anna, in Latin, means “favor,” and “grace” is a diminutive of Hannah. Anne is also sometimes used as a male name in the Netherlands and even as a surname in France and Scotland. The Romanized version of the name bears similarity to the Roman word for the year in Hebrew. Hence, Anne in Roman means “the year’s cycle.”

The name bears profound Biblical connotations, being named after the patron Saint Anne, who was the mother of Mary and the maternal grandmother of Jesus. She is the patroness of women in labor and is represented by holding the Blessed Virgin Mary in her lap. She is also considered the patron saint of unmarried women, housewives, childless people, and women in labor.

Apart from the Biblical connection, the name Anne has deep historical significance as there were six queens with this name. The most recognizable among them was Anne, Queen of Great Britain, who continued to reign until her death.

Anne is more popular as a middle name and is less commonly used as a first name. Its variations include An, Ane, Ann, Anna, Анна, Channah, Hanna, Hannah, and Hanne, while Anna, Annabelle, Annie, and Nan are its nicknames.

The name got an impetus after it was published as a first name in the all-time classic English classic novel “The Diary Of A Young Girl” by Anne Frank. The book was originally written as a diary in the Dutch language. It consists of the writings of Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi conquest. Anne Elliot is the protagonist of Jane Austen’s last completed novel “Persuasion.” She is sensible, gentle, and daughter of the aristocratic Elliot family and possesses a calm mind and a kind heart.


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Variation of Hannah; a beautiful prayer
Belgian, English
 A..  Aa..  Aah..  Aam..  Aan..  Aay..  Aha..  Ahi..  Ahn.. 

How To Pronounce Anne?


Famous People With The Name Anne

  • Anne HathawayAmerican actress, best known for her role in “The Princess Diaries”
  • Anne HecheAmerican actress, known for her role in the soap opera “Another World”
  • Anne RiceAmerican author of gothic fiction, known for “The Vampire Chronicles” series
  • Anne, Princess RoyalMember of British Royal family and daughter of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Anne ArcherAmerican actress, best known for her role in “Fatal Attraction”

Anne On The Popularity Chart

Anne was a fairly popular name from the 1800s in the US and Europe. Look at the graphs below to learn more about its popularity and ranking.

Popularity Over Time

Anne was a popular name in the 1980s but slowly lost its popularity in the 1990s and faded more in the 21st century. As shown in the graph, Anne experienced a steady decline in popularity over the last four decades.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The ranking is equally proportional to popularity which is clearly represented in the graph. However, it continues to be in the top 1000 names list and was ranked 588 in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Anne

If you like the sound of this two-syllabled moniker, but want to try other options, here is the list you might be looking for.

Names With Similar Meaning As Anne

If you are looking for a name that is as “gracious” as Anne. Take a look at the interesting list below.

Name Numerology For Anne

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