Anna Name Meaning

A classic choice with timeless appeal, Anna has been the name of queens, empresses, actresses, and more over the centuries. Derived from the Hebrew Channah, Anna means “gracious one.”

She’s spent years perched towards the top of the U.S. Top 100 girls’ names though she doesn’t feel dated or overused like other names. She’s maintained her antique charm, winning new fans generation after generation.

Like her sister Hannah, Anna is a simple beauty that shines on her own. She may not be bursting at the seams with cutesy syllables, but she’s effortlessly chic and undeniably feminine. In addition, she has worldwide appeal, appearing in many cultures without issue.

In a world dominated with creative spellings and modern monikers, short and sweet Anna is a standout choice. She’s easy to say and spell, earning praise from parents looking for a no-fuss name. She’s also a super cool palindrome name, appearing the same whether spelled forward or backwards like Hannah, Ava, and Elle.

She’s relatively nickname free with Annie and Ann the only real contenders. She does have an alternative spelling in Ana though it’s not nearly as common. Longer variants of the name include Annabelle, Anneliese, and Annika. Names with a similar vibe are Kate, Emma, and Ella.

Infographic of Anna name meaning, which is From the Hebrew Channah, Anna means gracious.
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Anna Name Popularity

How popular is the name Anna? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Anna was the 54th most popular girls name, representing 0.301% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Anna has been the 27th most popular girls name, representing 0.4977% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 6 6,433 1.8271%
1911 6 6,745 1.8113%
1912 7 8,584 1.7022%
1913 7 9,681 1.7075%
1914 6 11,859 1.7017%
1915 7 15,117 1.6639%
1916 7 15,224 1.576%
1917 7 15,160 1.5153%
1918 10 15,662 1.4593%
1919 10 14,496 1.3844%
1920 10 14,578 1.3111%
1921 11 14,477 1.2643%
1922 12 13,403 1.2031%
1923 13 12,864 1.1485%
1924 13 13,078 1.1262%
1925 13 12,246 1.0835%
1926 15 11,696 1.0634%
1927 16 11,212 1.0129%
1928 16 10,571 0.988%
1929 20 9,748 0.9411%
1930 23 9,075 0.8688%
1931 25 8,427 0.8538%
1932 24 7,919 0.8015%
1933 29 7,072 0.7591%
1934 31 6,669 0.6899%
1935 34 6,160 0.6339%
1936 36 5,722 0.594%
1937 39 5,442 0.5523%
1938 40 5,128 0.5009%
1939 43 4,928 0.4845%
1940 51 4,705 0.4427%
1941 56 4,422 0.3929%
1942 59 4,480 0.3548%
1943 64 4,228 0.3239%
1944 74 3,631 0.293%
1945 73 3,605 0.2956%
1946 87 3,986 0.2701%
1947 92 4,236 0.2538%
1948 89 4,029 0.2524%
1949 91 3,897 0.2423%
1950 93 3,811 0.2367%
1951 93 3,860 0.2277%
1952 101 3,713 0.2127%
1953 98 3,833 0.2166%
1954 105 3,991 0.2183%
1955 105 4,093 0.2225%
1956 103 4,386 0.2322%
1957 105 4,441 0.2308%
1958 103 4,660 0.2466%
1959 99 4,872 0.2564%
1960 104 4,652 0.2455%
1961 100 4,660 0.2468%
1962 100 4,434 0.2415%
1963 102 4,247 0.2366%
1964 97 4,287 0.2435%
1965 96 3,918 0.2396%
1966 95 3,671 0.2351%
1967 91 3,706 0.2442%
1968 100 3,551 0.2365%
1969 99 3,711 0.2409%
1970 102 3,789 0.2381%
1971 106 3,570 0.2376%
1972 86 3,442 0.2527%
1973 88 3,492 0.2694%
1974 82 3,609 0.2777%
1975 79 3,568 0.2777%
1976 78 3,583 0.278%
1977 73 3,851 0.2857%
1978 65 4,168 0.31%
1979 59 4,666 0.3309%
1980 55 5,034 0.3443%
1981 54 5,191 0.3531%
1982 56 5,267 0.3525%
1983 55 5,218 0.3536%
1984 57 5,305 0.3566%
1985 54 5,882 0.3875%
1986 51 5,905 0.3912%
1987 52 6,165 0.404%
1988 54 6,439 0.4132%
1989 51 6,895 0.4273%
1990 45 7,288 0.4397%
1991 46 7,118 0.4367%
1992 49 6,846 0.4289%
1993 47 6,808 0.4367%
1994 41 7,523 0.4902%
1995 31 8,564 0.5682%
1996 33 8,565 0.572%
1997 33 8,333 0.5634%
1998 31 8,378 0.5598%
1999 29 9,098 0.6075%
2000 22 10,588 0.6931%
2001 19 10,574 0.7018%
2002 20 10,385 0.693%
2003 21 9,443 0.6207%
2004 20 9,514 0.6242%
2005 22 9,101 0.5952%
2006 22 8,601 0.5493%
2007 25 7,888 0.4999%
2008 26 7,265 0.4701%
2009 28 6,800 0.455%
2010 26 6,326 0.439%
2011 38 5,658 0.3971%
2012 35 5,615 0.394%
2013 35 5,378 0.3777%
2014 34 5,675 0.3895%
2015 44 5,125 0.3522%
2016 49 4,775 0.3312%
2017 53 4,520 0.3239%
2018 54 4,136 0.301%

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Names Like Anna

If you like Anna, you’ll love these other names like Anna.


What names are diminutives of Anna?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Anna sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Anna, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ann

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#869 (0.017%)  
Anne

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#567 (0.0339%)  
Annie

Gracious one

Hebrew

#294 (0.077%)  
Nan

A diminutive form of Anna or Anne, from the Hebrew hannah, grace.

Hebrew

Nana

Star

Polynesian

#3,518 (0.0004%)  
Nanny

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew


What names are variants of Anna?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Anna.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ana

Gracious one

Hebrew

#206 (0.1035%)  
Anabel
#1,561 (0.0045%)  
Anique

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Anja

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#3,316 (0.0004%)  
Annabel

Lovable

Latin

#837 (0.0178%)  
Annabelle

Lovable and graceful

English

#139 (0.1433%)  
Annabeth

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#1,325 (0.0066%)  
Annah

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Annalee

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#887 (0.0162%)  
Annamarie

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#2,335 (0.0014%)  
Anneke

Sweet-faced; He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Annemarie

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#2,281 (0.0015%)  
Annet

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Annica

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Annika

Sweet-faced; He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#691 (0.0247%)  
Annmarie

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

#1,832 (0.0029%)  
Anoesj

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Anouska

Russian

Channah

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hania

A place to rest; to be happy

Hebrew

#2,515 (0.001%)  
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Nani

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew


What names sound like Anna?

If you like how Anna sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Anna.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abba

Father of exaltation

Hebrew

Alla

A diminutive form of Alice.

Angelica

Angelic

Latin

#527 (0.0376%)  
Angeline

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

#988 (0.013%)  
Jana

God is gracious

Hebrew

#882 (0.0165%)  
Savannah

Large, grassy plain

English

#45 (0.3445%)  
Vanna

Golden

Asian

#2,586 (0.0009%)  

What names are similar to Anna?

Find a name that’s like Anna, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alice

Of nobility

German

#71 (0.2652%)  
Brenna

Little drop of water; raven or black-haired

Gaelic

#987 (0.0131%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Katherine

Pure

Greek

#110 (0.1935%)  
Mary

Of the sea

Latin

#124 (0.1681%)  
Molly

Of the sea

English

#152 (0.1296%)  
Rebecca

To join

Hebrew

#207 (0.1033%)  
Ruth

Friend

Hebrew

#258 (0.0882%)  
Sarah

Princess

Hebrew

#67 (0.2709%)  

Lists With Anna

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Siblings of Anna

Mamas with kids named Anna also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
June

Month of June

Latin

#236 (0.0955%)  
Natalie

Christmas Day

French

#39 (0.3709%)  
Sawyer

Wood Cutter

English

#99 (0.2808%)  
Luke

From Lucania

Greek

#29 (0.6243%)  
Joel

Yahweh is God

Hebrew

#188 (0.1531%)  

7 Comments

  1. Anna means “grace”, and the prophetess Anna who appears in the Bible is one of the very first people to recognise and worship Jesus for who He is. I also just love the simple, classic and sweet sound of the name.

  2. We chose Anna for it’s meaning. The name of a child & it’s definition is important because you are calling your child this for their whole life, and they will become the meaning of their name.
    I was told I would never get pregnant, and if there was the slight chance that I could, that I would miscarry every single time. I got pregnant. Grace. Never miscarried. Grace. Went into labor and had a terrible 41 hour labour ending with an emergency c-section. Everyone was fine. Grace. There was a lot that lined up and surprised us in every way, and we know God was blessing us all throughout this pregnancy with His grace. Anna means grace.

  3. I’m a twin. My twin sister is named Anna. My husband was raised Amish and if you are a twin you always name your first child after your twin. I thought it was so sweet so we decided to go with it! It is still hard to call my child the name I’ve called my sister all my life but we usually call her “baby Anna Hope ” to make it different. Her middle name is Hope after my best friend growing up! She a name sake baby.?

  4. I always hoped to have a daughter named Anna. My husband didn’t share my feelings on the name. He associated the name with Anna Nicole Smith, haha. I was pretty persistent and once she was born he agreed Anna suited her. I haven’t heard anymore about Anna Nicole Smith since.

  5. The name of my husband’s Grandmother. Her middle name is Rose.

  6. I chose the name Anna because it was my grandmother’s name, and she was a smart, strong woman. I told her when I was young that she wasn’t allowed to go to heaven until I had my first girl baby. For years, she told me to hurry up because she was getting tired. When she was 97 years old, I had my first child: I named her Anna. 6 months later, my sweet grandmother went to heaven.

  7. We both thought our third child was a boy so we were not prepared when SHE was born! We both had girls names we liked but neither of us liked the others ideas. I had always liked the name Anna Sophia since I saw Anna Sophia Robb in a movie so I suggested that. Husband loved it so now we have our own Anna Sophia! ?


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