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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Pure, Gentle

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Agnes

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Agnes in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Agnes:

  • Records indicate that 153,830 girls in the United States have been named Agnes since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 5,291 people in the U.S. were given the name Agnes. Those people are now 102 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Agnes

    75% Approval Rating
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      9 Positive Comments

  • "Reminds me of a lovely character in Charles Dickens book, David Copperfield. Agnes is the heroin. But the name is rather out of context for a child in 2011. I hope it comes back in." Mar. 29, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "that's my name & I'm OK with that, but it sounds better in Spanish or French (Ines)." Feb. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend is named Agnes. She's nice and funny, and she's in my class. I hope some people don't do any thumbs down anymore." Mar. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i LOVE this name, but it's my dad's ugly exes name.." Jun. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm polish, my name is AGNIESZKA = AGNES, I didn't really like it I was called ASIA by my mom, but now I kinda like it,it's not that popular - and I like it like that (and I'm not an old lady -I'm 27)I like different names-my 27mo daughter name is Astrid:)" Mar. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name Agnes, and I happen to be an old lady." Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an old ladies name, plain and simple. It's not such a bad name at all. I believe it's of Spanish origin, like Ines (pronounced EE-nes)." Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I were to have another little girl, she'll Agnes Victoria or Agnes Violet. I love this name and the fact that it is not on the charts makes its appeal to me even stronger." Apr. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I feel that It brings out the feminine side of me. It is a classic name. so classic, that everytime I get into trouble, my mother or my father will shout AGNES out loud. (Its my real name, they usually call my by my nickname.)....hahahaha" Sep. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "It's an old lady name. Sounds like a 70 year old retired lunch lady." Nov. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate My middle name. Every one says hey your middle names agnes? omg thats so stupid. I HATE IT! i also hate how first borns get the shoot. my brother is cute jacob benjamin and im margrete agnes! hello thats poo" Oct. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well one of my friends hates her name so much she goes for mariela(she's 15 years old)wich is her middle name. I think Agnes sounds like acne and its down right horrible but thats just my opinion" Mar. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      12 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Agnes and I live in Seattle and everyone always thought my name was weird and old hah. But when I went to Sweden last year I met sooooo many Agnes it was crazy" Sep. 6, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "agnes is a beautiful name i didnt like the name at first but now i luv the name it cool" Aug. 12, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother was Agnes, and as a youngster I did not like the name she was named after her grandmother. I now think it a beautiful name. For those who think it old ladyish that time for you is not far off, it comes quicker than you think. To put it in perspective a 95 year old thinks an 80 year old is a youngster" Aug. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was almost named Agnes and thankfully it's almost. I don't find the name beautiful because it sounds close to "acne" and worse, "agnas" which in Filipino language means "to decompose" specifically a corpse. But if you're not sensitive to what a name sounds like and you love classic unique names, you may like it." Nov. 25, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I happen to know a lovely Agnes who is only 23 yrs! She is my grad program at uni. She is the hottest Agnes one can imagine. I no longer associate Agnes with "old lady."" Jun. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Popular with Swedish parents at the present time but is considered old ladyish in most areas where English is spoken." Jun. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Borne by American actress Agnes Moorehead of the TV series Bewitched (she played Endora). Though Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and American actress Elisabeth Shue have daughters named Agnes, I think that hardly anyone else is likely to copy them anytime soon, for I think that it's still a hideous name and more so than Lillian, Beatrice, and Dorothy (the first of the three is now popular again but the other two are currently unpopular - for now at least)." May. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Still old ladyish, despite British supermodel Agyness Deyn (real name Laura Hollins), who chose a rather unusual spelling of her name. No offense, however, but the unusual spelling of what is otherwise meant for oldsters is even more stupid than the millions of little Madisons, Caitlins, Siennas, and Taylors out there. Would YOU name a child Agyness? I wouldn't!" Apr. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "In some ways this name is ok, perhaps not so bad at all, but if you were naming your daughter this, think of how she would feel. It would be hard for a girl to feel beautiful while growing up with a name like 'agnes'. You could name a dog something like this; but not a child. the name has a old-fashioned and ugly side, too. why don't you go with the name 'august' or 'augustine' instead as a good alternative? luv, Emy" Apr. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "There ARE still some women in their 40s and 50s called Agnes, but only in Scotland. Whoever can imagine an Englishwoman or American woman of a similar age group ever answer to a name like Agnes?" Dec. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "When i was younger and people always asked me what my real name was (i went by a nickname) i'd be embarassed. But now that im older, i like it. It was the name of my great grandmother, and now im proud of it." Apr. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its okay i suppose, i can see the awful and old fashioned side of it, but in away its unique and pretty, i live near a village called St.Agnes and ive always like the name" Nov. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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