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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Hanna

Hanna is feminine name derived from the Hebrew name Channah, which means ‘grace’ or ‘favor.’ The name expresses the idea of benevolence and divine favor. The earliest mentions of Hanna or its variants can be traced back to the Hebrew Bible. In the biblical narrative, Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel. Her story, marked by her deep faith and prayer for a child, has touched the hearts of many generations, making the name popular among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities. Hanna also became well-known in Christianity because it sounded similar to the popular name Anna. This connection might have contributed to the widespread usage of the name in different Christian countries. Hanna is also a variant of Johanna, which comes from the Greek Ioanna, ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, meaning ‘Yahweh is gracious.’

The name is commonly pronounced as HAN-nah or HA-na; and some of its popular variants include Hanne (Swedish and German), Ganna (Ukrainian), Chana (Hebrew), Hannan (German and Hebrew), Ana (Albanian), Anna (Armenian), Joanna (Biblical), Juana (Spanish), Gianna (English and Greek), and Shawn (French).

In fiction, the name Hanna is popularized by the namesake titular character from the 2011 film and 2019 TV series, ‘Hanna,’ created by Seth Lochhead and David Farr. Also, Hanna Marin is a character from the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ book series by American author Sara Shepard.

Overall, Hanna remains a top choice of baby girl names due to its short and trendy nature, which is easy to pronounce and remember.


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Favor; Grace; God is gracious
1 word, 5 letters, 2 vowels, 3 consonants
Short and easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Hanna?

Pronounced as han-na

The way you pronounce a name can make all the difference.

Listen to the sound of the name Hanna in English.

Famous People With The Name Hanna

  • Hanna GranfeltFinnish operatic soprano and lead singer during the early 20th century
  • Hanna van RecklinghausenThe earliest Dutch woman banker and merchant known by name in the Netherlands
  • Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington Irish suffragette and nationalist and a founding member of the Irish Women’s Franchise League (1908)

Hanna On The Popularity Chart

To learn more about the popularity and ranking of the name Hanna in the US, check out the graphs provided by the Social Security Administration.

Popularity Over Time

Even though there was a decrease in popularity recently, Hanna was still chosen for 547 US babies per million in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

As per the data provided by the Social Security Administration, Hanna remains one of the most sought-after names in the country, ranking at 557th place in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Hanna On MomJunction Popularity Chart

Know how popular the name Hanna is among the MomJunction readers. We used a unique approach to gather relevant insights for creating this popularity chart by observing the interactions and interest around the name on our platform. See what the trend has been among our readers over these past years.

Names With Similar Sound As Hanna

Several names share a similar sound to Hanna. Here are a few examples to consider.

Popular Sibling Names For Hanna

If you are looking for some matching sibling names that resonate with Hanna, check our suggestions here.

Boy Sibling Names For Hanna

Find matching brother names for Hanna and create a wonderful team of siblings.

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Girl Sibling Names For Hanna

Looking for some suitable sister names for Hanna? Check out our collection of beautiful and unique names.

Haana heart imageHana heart imageHanah heart imageHananiah heart imageHanika heart imageHannah heart imageHannalee heart imageHanneke heart imageHanny heart imageHenye heart image

Other Popular Names Beginning With H

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter H to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Hanna

Consider the options below if you prefer a different name with a similar meaning.

Anagram Names Of Hanna

William Shakespeare is known for his ‘onomastic wit,’ with anagrams being one of them (remember the play Twelfth Night?). Anagram is the rearrangement of the same letters to form different words. Anagramming names has been in vogue for centuries now, and why not when it can create some cute names? Anagram baby names stand out with their unique sound and spellings. You may try an anagram of your name or your partner’s; even better if you combine both names and then try an anagram for the baby. It all stays in the family this way. You may also try anagram names for siblings, especially twins. Here are some anagrams of Hanna.

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Popular Songs On The Name Hanna

Acrostic Poem On Hanna

Dive into the lyrical charm of the name Hanna with this acrostic poem. Witness how each letter paints together a story, capturing the name’s individuality, strength, vitality, and sophistication. Inspiring, is it? Why not try a similar poem that describes what you think of your baby’s personality?


Happy-go-lucky, you are bubbly and gusty.


Adorable like a sweet-smelling rose.


Noble and pious, an angel sent from above.


Nurturing resilience and navigating challenges, never succumbing.


Adventurous and echoing the spirit of exploration.

Hanna’s Zodiac Sign And Birth Star As Per Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology, also called Jyotisha, provides deep insights into a person’s life based on celestial positions at birth. Rashi and nakshatra, which are an integral part of Jyotisha, are believed to influence an individual’s personality and life events. The following sections give you rashi-related information, such as the associated letters, elements, ruling body, quality, and nakshatra for the name hanna. These details help analyze a person’s characteristics, personality, and behavior.

Zodiac Sign (Rashi)

As shown in the following table, each rashi is associated with specific sounds, which are often used as the starting letters of names for newborns in Hindu families. Each rashi is represented by a figure and one of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether (Space). One ruling celestial body, known as its 'rashi lord' or 'ruler' is assigned to these rashis. These bodies include Venus, Mars, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. Furthermore, the rashis are assigned various qualities or gunas.

Rashi (zodiac sign)Karka (Cancer)
Starting letters for Karka (Cancer) rashiDD, H
Ruling bodyMoon

Birth Star (Nakshatra)

Another important aspect of Vedic Astrology is the nakshatras, the lunar constellations or star clusters that the Moon occupies during a person's birth. There are 27 nakshatras, each with its own unique qualities, attributes, and symbolism. Each rashi contains two-and-one-fourth nakshatras in it. For example, Aries contains Ashwini, Bharani, and Krithika nakshatras.

The below table provides information on the nakshatras’ degrees on the zodiac circle, their lords and related syllables, for babies born in the Karka (Cancer) rashi. These syllables/phonetics are popularly used to choose the baby name. For precise nakshatra calculation based on your baby's birthplace and date, use our Nakshatra Calculator.

NakshatraDegrees Of The NakshatraNakshatra
Lord (Ruler)
Name Syllables
Punarvasu (Punartham, Punarpoosam)Cancer (0 to 3.20 degrees)JupiterKe, Kay, Ko, Ha, Hi, Hee
Pushya (Pooyam, Pushyami)Cancer (3.20 to 16.40 degrees)SaturnHu, He, Ho, Da
Aslesha (Aayilyam)Cancer (16.40 to 30 degrees)MercuryDi, Du, De, Do, Dee, Me, Da

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Hanna In Different Languages

It’s exciting to see our baby’s name spelled and written in various languages. See how people spell Hanna in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and more! Each language has its own way of saying Hanna, but it’s still the same special name. Learn how the name looks and sounds in different languages around the world!


How To Communicate The Name Hanna In Sign Languages

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Name Numerology For Hanna

Numerology is an occult system that gives significance to numbers and their influence on human life and destiny. Numerologists attribute specific qualities, energies, and characteristics to a number. Parents who believe in numerology prefer to choose baby names that resonate positively with the child’s unique numerical vibrations, often derived from their date of birth. Here we give a general birth number and personality traits of the name Hanna, based on the Pythagorean (Western) system. This analysis will differ from child to child based on their date of birth. You may use our numerology calculator for more personalized information.

Baby Name Lists Containing Hanna

Movie Titles Inspired By The Name Hanna

Discover the presence of Hanna in an array of films. Know about the various movies that have this name.

Movie titleOther titlesRelease year
Hanna y los monstruosHanna & de Monsters, Hanna i els monstres2023
Hanna's Sleeping DogsHannas schlafende Hunde, 汉娜的睡犬2016
Hanna Ranch2014
Holger & Hanna2013
Hanna's JourneyHa'masa shel Hanna, Hannas Reise, Love Israel, Το Ταξίδι Της Χάνα, 汉娜的旅程2013
HannaHana, Hanna - Gyilkos természet, Hanna Bí Ẩn, Wer ist Hanna?, Xanna, Хана, Ханна, Ханна. Совершенное оружие, ハンナ, 少女殺手的奇幻旅程, 汉娜2011
Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna HoekomDie Ongelooflike Avonture Van Hanna Hoekom, The Incredible Adventures of Hanna Hoekom2010
Hanna's WarA História de Hanna, Força de Viver, Hanna háborúja, Hanna'nın Kaderi, Hannah Szenes, Hannan sota, Hannas krig, Héroes inocentes, Innocent Heroes, La guerra di Hanna, La Guerre d'Hanna, La Guerre de Hanna, Razboiul lui Hanna, Wojna Hanny, ハンナ・セネシュ1988

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the meaning of the name Hanna?

The name Hanna means favor, grace, and god is gracious.

2. What is the origin of the name Hanna?

Hanna has a Hebrew origin.

3. How to pronounce the name Hanna?

Hanna is pronounced as han-na.

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