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Also spelled Ann.

Of Hebrew origin.

French form of the Greek name Anna, which was translated from “Channah”, associated with Hannah.

It is also a short name, of Germanic origin, that begins with the word element “arn”, meaning eagle. As such, it is also used as a masculine name, in several countries.

It was imported from France to England in the 13th century.

A famous bearer was Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I.

Other forms of the feminine name are: Ann, Anna, Annie, Anka, Anita, Annetta, Annabella, Anya, Hanna, Nancy.

Other forms of the masculine name are: Arn, Arndt, Arne, Arnie, Arnold.

Famous female bearers are Anne Bancroft, Anne Brontë, Anne Hathaway, Anne Heche, Anne Parillaud, Anne Archer, Anne Baxter, Anne Frank, Anne Geddes, Anne Ramsay, Anne Dudek, Anne Igartiburu, Anne Brochet, Anne Rice.