Hannah Name Meaning

Hannah is a classic name that continues to wow parents with her winning combination of biblical roots and a soft sound. From the Hebrew name Channah, Hannah means “grace” or “favor.”

A simple beauty, Hannah is free of frilly fluff or excessive syllables. She’s a withstanding classic, timeless in her elegance despite dotting the U.S. name charts since its incorporation in 1900. She’s also got the cool factor of being a palindrome name, an honor shared with Ava, Anna, and Emme.

Hannah is a religious name, used both in Christianity and Judaism. In the Old Testament, Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel, a son she was blessed with after diligently praying for a child when infertility left her brokenhearted. Her son Samuel would go on to speak directly to God and lead the Israelites against the Philistines. The biblical Hannah was steadfast in her devotion, a trait many would find admirable. Like Abigail, Hannah wasn’t commonly used as a first name until the Puritans in the 1600s. Since then, she’s risen steadily.

Hannah can also be spelled Hanna and comes with the cute nicknames of Hanny and Han. Similar names to Hannah are Sarah, Leah, and Rachel.

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Hannah Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 216 255 0.0724%
1911 243 222 0.0596%
1912 241 300 0.0595%
1913 246 351 0.0619%
1914 249 408 0.0585%
1915 255 510 0.0561%
1916 262 499 0.0517%
1917 266 504 0.0504%
1918 279 471 0.0439%
1919 274 491 0.0469%
1920 306 417 0.0375%
1921 292 465 0.0406%
1922 330 352 0.0316%
1923 309 397 0.0354%
1924 350 339 0.0292%
1925 354 327 0.0289%
1926 350 323 0.0294%
1927 367 302 0.0273%
1928 416 225 0.021%
1929 416 210 0.0203%
1930 427 194 0.0186%
1931 465 150 0.0152%
1932 441 180 0.0182%
1933 465 150 0.0161%
1934 425 194 0.0201%
1935 452 159 0.0164%
1936 526 113 0.0117%
1937 472 149 0.0151%
1938 483 147 0.0144%
1939 484 150 0.0147%
1940 499 142 0.0134%
1941 537 125 0.0111%
1942 495 177 0.014%
1943 551 137 0.0105%
1944 596 106 0.0086%
1945 579 112 0.0092%
1946 707 86 0.0058%
1947 630 130 0.0078%
1948 600 142 0.0089%
1949 627 124 0.0077%
1950 713 99 0.0061%
1951 687 115 0.0068%
1952 735 101 0.0058%
1953 747 102 0.0058%
1954 767 101 0.0055%
1955 882 76 0.0041%
1956 867 84 0.0044%
1957 936 74 0.0038%
1958 1,007 64 0.0034%
1959 955 74 0.0039%
1960 962 74 0.0039%
1961 846 109 0.0058%
1962 895 90 0.0049%
1963 901 83 0.0046%
1964 925 79 0.0045%
1965 941 69 0.0042%
1966 899 77 0.0049%
1967 972 63 0.0042%
1968 877 87 0.0058%
1969 900 87 0.0056%
1970 858 106 0.0067%
1971 794 127 0.0085%
1972 646 191 0.014%
1973 566 236 0.0182%
1974 525 278 0.0214%
1975 436 410 0.0319%
1976 379 497 0.0386%
1977 347 604 0.0448%
1978 312 714 0.0531%
1979 253 944 0.0669%
1980 211 1,216 0.0832%
1981 189 1,398 0.0951%
1982 175 1,566 0.1048%
1983 124 2,389 0.1619%
1984 126 2,256 0.1517%
1985 117 2,440 0.1608%
1986 82 3,379 0.2239%
1987 66 4,592 0.3009%
1988 61 5,559 0.3567%
1989 42 7,830 0.4852%
1990 30 10,274 0.6199%
1991 29 10,768 0.6606%
1992 26 11,491 0.7199%
1993 21 12,504 0.802%
1994 16 14,494 0.9444%
1995 7 17,010 1.1286%
1996 7 18,595 1.2419%
1997 5 20,591 1.3922%
1998 2 21,373 1.428%
1999 2 21,673 1.4472%
2000 2 23,080 1.5109%
2001 3 20,712 1.3746%
2002 3 18,819 1.2558%
2003 4 17,634 1.1591%
2004 5 15,604 1.0238%
2005 7 14,845 0.9709%
2006 8 14,544 0.9288%
2007 9 13,304 0.8432%
2008 17 9,560 0.6185%
2009 23 7,568 0.5063%
2010 21 6,987 0.4848%
2011 25 6,566 0.4609%
2012 22 7,274 0.5105%
2013 23 7,294 0.5123%
2014 28 6,579 0.4516%
2015 28 6,406 0.4403%
2016 33 6,002 0.4163%
2017 32 5,872 0.4207%
2018 33 5,619 0.409%
2019 32 5,586 0.4126%
2020 39 4,823 0.3789%

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Names Like Hannah

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


What names are diminutives of Hannah?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ann

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Anne

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Annie

Gracious one

Hebrew

Hannie

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hanny

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Nan

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

Hebrew

Nanney

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Nannie

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Nanny

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew


What names are variants of Hannah?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

Chana

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Chanah

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Chanha

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Channach

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Channah

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hana

Happiness; flower; work

Spanish

Hanah

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hanalee

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hanalise

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hanna

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hanne

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hannele

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Hannelore

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew

Honna

He (God) has favored me

Hebrew


What names sound like Hannah?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alannah

Precious

German

Haniah

Grace of the Lord

Hebrew

Hanniah

A place to rest; to be happy

Hebrew

Hannyah

A place to rest; to be happy

Hebrew

Hanyah

Grace of the Lord

Hebrew


What names are similar to Hannah?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Brenna

Little drop of water; raven or black-haired

Gaelic

Delilah

Delicate

Hebrew

Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

Emily

To excel

Latin

Emma

Whole or universal

German

Faith

Devotion

English

Grace

Gracious one

English

Joy

Happiness

Latin

Kate

Pure

English

Rebecca

To join

Hebrew


Lists With Hannah

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Hannah.


Siblings of Hannah

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Brennan

Teardrop

Irish

Harper

Harp Player

English

Kadyn

Fighter

American

Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

Bonnie

Fine, attractive, pretty

Scottish

Joy

Happiness

Latin

Grace

Gracious one

English

Brynlee

Burned meadow

English

Jeremy

God will exalt

English

Mason

Stoneworker

English

Dashiell

Unknown

English

Lionel

Lion

Latin

25 Comments

  1. I liked that Hannah is a strong, but feminine name. It feels old, holy, and grounded.

  2. We were looking for a Biblical name with a double consonant in the middle, ending in “a”. We have Emma and Tessa already so Hannah is a perfect fit! (And our big kids are all sorts of jealous that she can spell her name the same backward and forward!)

  3. Son’s name starts with an H (Hendrik)
    It’s a biblical name

  4. Hannah is a very beautiful name. I am very glad my parents named me that. Lol

  5. I wanted a two syllable Bible name for my daughter that was classic sounding and would work well with the middle name Kay, which I was passing down to her. So I just went through a list until I found one that I liked.

    I like that her name is simple, and common enough to find on a keychain haha. In 7 months, I haven’t yet found anything I don’t like about the name.

    We call her “Hannah girl” ?

  6. Hannah is my daughter’s middle name. Her first name is Morgan so we wanted something cute and suitable. My friend suggested Hannah and I like it ” Morgan Hannah ” .

  7. Hannah Lynn. My husband said he always liked the name Hannah and that was it. Thought about a few other names since but Hannah stuck.

  8. Sweet meaning behind the name. Recognizable and easy to spell. Goes well with our Long and complicated last name.

  9. Hannah in the bible could not have a child and God give her the ability to have a child. It took prayer for me to get pregnant with Hannah that is why she is named Hannah. We love her name too. Perfect fit for her personality. Also Hannah is multicultural such as white, Dutch and African and German.

  10. We had a tough time deciding on a name. We had her middle name picked out, Marie, after both of our moms. We were very picky about how the name flowed and Hannah just sounded right. I picture her in a year or two with blonde curly hair and the name Hannah fits her perfectly.

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  13. Hannah got picked her name means God’s given gift she is truly a amazing gift and that is why I picked hannah I had 9 lost pregnancy before I got pregnant with hannah we were so happy to get a miracle and 3 years down the road it happened again and we got our mason we are completel now love both my babies

  14. I was young and Hannah was a pretty name that is what I went with

  15. My husband and I chose the name Hannah because of our own journey through infertility and the story of Hannah’s from the Bible. The meaning (Grace, Favored) also played an important part.

  16. My husband and I picked hannah for its meaning which was favour and grace. Mostly because my grandma’s name is hannah and her birthday is October 17th which was the day I went into labor, but eneded up giving birth on the 18th. Therefore we decided to name our daughter hannah.

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  18. I choose Hannah becauae it is a bible name. Hannah name remind me of when Hannah in the bible could not have a child, and she prayed to God and than Hannah was no longer barren, she had a child and give the child to God. So when Hannah was born we gived Hannah back to the Lord becauase God answer our prayer when I got pregnant with Hannah and gived birth to this bundle of joy.

  19. i gave her that name because i believe that God has given her to me as favour , she is one beautiful girl you have ever seen

  20. My husband and I were making a list of names we liked, and my 4 year old, said Hannah was it. She was very set on that name for her baby sister.

  21. We chose Hannah because while watching Toy Story as a child, my mom leaned over and said, “I was gonna name you Hannah.” She later said I didn’t look like a Hannah, but a Miranda. This is a fond memory of mine. Also, the name is in my husband’s family, so we both have always liked it.

  22. I’ve always loved the name “Hannah”, but my husband and I wanted something more unique. So we decided to join to names together. “HannahGrace” is what we chose for the first name of our 1st born daughter. 🙂

  23. I knew from the beginning I wanted a Biblical name. And actually I wanted our first to be called Hannah, but other family members somehow persuaded us against it. So when the second came along, I wasn’t going to let anyone change my mind! If it was a girl, it was going to be Hannah!! As far as female names in the Bible, this was just my favorite. Not necessarily the story, but at the time, I didn’t care for other female Bible names. Hannah stuck and she is my strong -willed child!

  24. Our eldest’s name. She is caring and beautiful. She is not just beautiful on the outside,but also in the inside. She is a caring smart girl who is a loyal friend. Whenever you look sad, she will ask you if you are alright.
    I was thankful to be able to conceive like Hannah from the Bible. We love our Hannah’s name.

  25. Since I picked our first borns name, Brennan, my husband got to pick our second born. He chose Hannah cuz he loved it, and it had two Ns like Brennan.


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