Ann

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See also: ann, ANN, ann., Ann., and -ann

English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The English form of Vulgate Latin Anna, from Ἄννα (Anna), the Ancient Greek New Testament form of the Hebrew female name חנה (Hannah), meaning "grace, gracious".

Proper noun[edit]

Ann

  1. A female given name.
    • 1903 George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman: Act I:
      RAMSDEN. When you say Ann, you mean, I presume, Miss Whitefield.
      TANNER. I mean our Ann, your Ann, Tavy's Ann, and now, Heaven help me, my Ann.
    • 1969 Constance Urdang, Natural History, Harper&Row 1969, page 61:
      Given a perfectly good American name like Ann, she has deliberately chosen to label herself "Anya" after a long-dead great-grandmother, and put jam in her tea.
    • 2005 Mary Monroe, In Sheep's Clothing, Dafina Books, ISBN 0758203446, page 129:
      "Her full name is Annie Lou. Like calling herself a snooty white girl name like Ann makes up for it."
      "Must I remind you that Ann is also my middle name?"

Usage notes[edit]

  • Popular since fourteenth century due to the medieval cult of Saint Anne, the apocryphal mother of the Virgin Mary.
  • A very common middle name since the 20th century.

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Translations[edit]

Abbreviation[edit]

Ann

  1. Anniversary
  2. Annual

Anagrams[edit]


Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Ann. Variant of Danish Anna and Anne.

Proper noun[edit]

Ann

  1. A female given name.

Estonian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ann

  1. A female given name, an old Estonian short form of Anna.

Manx[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ann f

  1. A female given name, Manx equivalent to Anna.

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Ann. Variant of the Norwegian Anna and Anne.

Proper noun[edit]

Ann

  1. A female given name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Common first part of hyphenated names such as Ann-Kristin.

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [1] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 12 786 females with the given name Ann living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on April 18th, 2011.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Ann, first recorded as a Swedish given name in 1860.

Proper noun[edit]

Ann

  1. A female given name.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Common first first part of hyphenated names such as Ann-Marie or Ann-Kristin.

References[edit]

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
  • [2] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 34 106 females with the given name Ann living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.