Name: Hannah

Origin and Meaning of the Name Hannah

  • Meaning:
    Grace; favour
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  • Pronunciation:
    (HAN a)
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Miscellaneous Info for Hannah

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
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    In the Old Testament, Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel. She had been unable to bear her husband Elkanah a child, and so prayed at the temple that if God gave her a son then she would give him up to be a priest. When the child, Samuel, was born, she gave him to Eli to be raised as a priest.

    Other famous Hannahs include philosopher Hannah Arendt, 18th century writer Hannah More and the Disney TV show and character Hannah Montana.

    Hannah is a very popular name in USA, where it was the 8th most popular name in 2006. In South Dakota and West Virginia it was the #2 name. It is also popular in Canada, being in the top10 of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. It was in the UK top 20, the top 10 of New Zealand, and was #7 in Austria.

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Popularity Rank of Hannah (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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