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  • Records indicate that 861,364 girls in the United States have been named Anna since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 15,669 people in the U.S. were given the name Anna. Those people are now 102 years old.

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    Comments about the name Anna

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      42 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Anna, I love my name mine is unique because its Anna Earline" Oct. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "First name Anna middle name Marie I like my name I was named after my grandma Anna May and my great grandma dyna Marie when I was growing up it wasn't to many Anna's there was only one other Anna in my school until high school then there was two more the thing annoyed me about Anna is there was a poem song name Anna banana and it annoying when people spell my name wrong I hate it when they spell my name ana when it Anna and I hate being called Ann and Annie I don't care about being called Anna banana I found out Anna means one of the rare beauty's under the sun the gracefully one I like the name Anna I think it a pretty name" Jun. 15, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love me name. I have so many nicknames from it though. I get called Annie, Anna banana, anaconda, anadin extra, anakin sky walker, annabella rosalini, Anna karenina. I don't mind I just hate being called 'ann' as it sounds too old for me. I love it more now after disney's Frozen was realised." Oct. 11, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hated my name as a child but I thank my parents every day for giving me a woman's name. I was a kid for 18yrs but I will be a woman for many more. I count myself lucky to have a name that isn't spelt like someone vomited the alphabet onto a page or doesn't sound like a cacophony of jarring syllables." Feb. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna- rhymes with yawna- middle name is Christina- love the sound of my name when said correctly. Honey to my heart-" Sep. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna, and I love it. I'm from Spain and I'm happy to have an "international" name :))" Aug. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always loved this name. It's timeless and beautiful." Jan. 26, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Anna is a beautiful classical name which is timeless and very feminine." Aug. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey my name is anna-carin so im different ilove the name but it cant have a nickname" Apr. 23, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna (middle name Theresa) and I have always loved my name. Although as a kid I didn't much like being called Banana, I love the name now and my Dad still calls me Anna Banana. I have always felt that my name has a certain ring of kindness behind it and it is rather befitting of me. I am now 20, soon to be 21 and do not now many other Annas." Feb. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna and I love it! It gets annoying when people call me "Anna Banana" but I still love the name!" Aug. 17, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Anna Christine and i'm 11 years old. I'm the only Anna in my grade but I know of 6 Annas right now! I love my name but i hate when people pronounce it wrong. I am usually pronounced ahna/ana. I HATE that!!! Some nicknames I have are Anna Banana, annika, annabella, and in spanish class my name is anabel. I sorta wish my name would of been annalise, annabella,annalee, or something like that. overall, I think Anna is a great name, and i get many compliments on it!" Mar. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Annalee, we call her anna for short. Annalee is becoming popular i hope to see this name soon on the site." Nov. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna, and I really like it. Simple, classic, and everyone knows how to spell it. I am almost 30 and have never really been teased about my name. Well, Anna Banana of course, but it doesn't really bother me." Nov. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna Elizabeth. I really like my name. My great grandmothers name was also anna that's where my mom got it from. I was the only Anna in my high school except for an Ana but that was short for anastaja. Anyways, my dad brought me to work with him one day and one of his customers liked my name so much they ended up naming their daughter Anna! Don't let the whole anna banana thing stop you from picking this name, I've been called that my whole life and its never bothered me its actually funny when people think they made it up hahahaa." Jul. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is a wonderful name. onje of my best friends name is anna, and i adore the name." Jul. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my 4 year old daughter's name and we LOVE it because it is feminine and she turned out to be quite the little princess (very long hair, wants to wear "princess dresses" every day, etc.)...we call her Princess Anna from time to time. Most of the names I wanted had "anna" somewhere in it, and I realized it was "anna" that I liked the most about those names. I love the way it looks in cursive as well. we didn't want to name her a uni-sex name, since I am a big fan of feminine names for girls and masculine names for boys; nor did we want to choose a trendy name because over time those names die out. Unlike Anna and some other names, which have been and will be around for a very long time." Jul. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 8 yr old is named Anna Colleen. It means gracious girl. I have a very weird first name and did not want to put her through that, but I didn't want her name to be so average that you heard it everyday. I love that it will grow with her as she ages. She is unique, musically talented, and carefree about life." Jul. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna. I sometimes think it's the most boring name ever cuz I know like 7 other Annas that are my age. Despite this I think it is a pretty name and I like it." May. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name, cute for a baby, and classy for a grown woman. This is the name of someone smart and goodlooking." Apr. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutelly love my name! It will never go out of style. Its sophisticated, has class and sounds powerfull...unlike Amy or Nikki or smth like thta." Dec. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sis is named Anna. I think it's a quiet name with a lot of strength. I also think Enna is pretty. More frilly than Anna, but cute. I don't care if it's not popular. Who wants to be another Jessica or Courtney? Ick." Dec. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name and I love it as it is classic and timeless and elegant. Glad I don't have a trendy name that will date." Nov. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "As George M Cohan wrote, It's a grand old name. I have always liked my name" Nov. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was younger I hated my name. I was named after my great-grandmother and my mother chose it because she said it was a "woman's name" not a "girl's name". Now that I'm an adult I understand her completely and I love my name. I'm proud of it's origins and think it's more elegant than many of these trendy compound names. The only thing that frustrates me is that so many non-English speakers (ironically from countries where Anna is a very common name) call me Ann because they assume, since I'm an English speaker, that my name could not be Anna and has to be Ann. That's very annoying." Sep. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna but it is a classic timeless name. It has consistently been popular since the 1800s. It is not trendy and will still be popular when I am 90." May. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Of course I've been called Anna Banana...what Anna has not? However, it's a fabulous name, not boring, not too's just right. I've known many Annas. In fact, my best friend is named Anna, her new roommate is named Anna, and our former neighbor was named Anna." Feb. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have been lucky in that most people have said and spelt my name correctly. Sometimes at school people would jokeingly say "Anna Banana" but I didn't mind it as it was not in a bad way. In the past I did not meet many people with the same name. At primary school there weren't any and then at High School only one. However, in my work place at the moment there are three at the moment." Jan. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have TWO names. My parents didn't agree. My mom got her way and called me Oriana. But everyone calls me Anna- for short. People either call me Anna or Oriana. (Oriana's not in here T_T) I HATE BEING CALLED ANNA. Only because people pronoun my other name wrong like OR-REE-ANN-NA. But it's OR-REE-ON -NUH. Other than that I LOVE THE NAME ANNA. It's common, but cool. I don't have to keep spelling my name for everything and pronouning it to people, and having to repeat it again and again. Nice and short- Anna. It's a name where you can't judge a person by with out meeting them. TWO THUMBS UP!" Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My cousin is named Anna and she's my favourite cousin. All the Annas I know are really nice." Apr. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna, I think my name is ok. Sometimes I want to change my name because it's not very popular." Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name...I have been an Anna Banana my whole life, but it doesn't seem common at least in my area. Different is good!" Oct. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my duaghter Anna - lovely sounding, under-used in the UK, without being old fashioned, unlike the soon-to-be-dated "Hannah"." Aug. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Anna is my name, it has been passed down thru the generations of my family tree. I love the name, but in my childhood i could never find anything monogrammed. Little Anna's of today won't have to worry about that, as the name is picking up popularity!" Jun. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna, and i changed it to this because even in the cradle i knew i was destined to be an anna. now eveyone is changing their names to some form of anna - jealousy if you ask me" May. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always adored my name. Even as a child, when my friends and I used to play make believe and everyone would always choose new exciting names for themselves, I would insist that I didn't want to change my name because I liked the name Anna too much." Apr. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is used in so many different countries.It is usually spelt Ana in Spanish." Mar. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name mostly because it means graceful. i was surprised when i first learned this because my grandmother's name is grace, and i have always been told i act so much like her. this has been a wonderful complement because she is a truly graceful woman. anna is a beautifully classic and timeless name." Mar. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm considering this name for my baby, if the baby is a girl. I love simple and beautiful names and I feel like this fits the bill. My other daughter is named Jane." Jan. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is anna and i think it is a great name, its meaning even kinda coordinates with my personality." Dec. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It's classic yet it's original and fresh because not a lot of people have it. I find that people like to say it because it's so simple and happy sounding." Jul. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I think it's pretty, and I like how it's spelt so simply. I've also found that it's not so common where I live, in Australia. So far I've only met three people with the same name as me in my lifetime." Jun. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "My name is anna and i hate it i think you have too much annas in the world you can't never defind yourself if you say your name is anna everyone thinks immediately i'm like the anna he knows it just gets on my nervs" Mar. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Anna is a boring name no offence toanyone called anna :D" Feb. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think its a horrible name always gets mixed up with hanna or annie when i was old enough i changrd it to ann and i ignore anyone who call me anna exept the elderly as from a child i disregarded the name." Jun. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      38 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Anna I am 12 but I am going to be 13 on November 23 so yea I'm happy but I hate when people call me Anna with a short A sound like from the Disney movie it really makes me mad but besides that I love my name !!!❤️❤️❤️" Oct. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, mainly because it makes people laugh when I tell them that my first name is Anna and my middle name is Grace. The name Anna means Grace, and the best part is my parents didn't realise when they named me." Aug. 4, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ana Carolina and I am Brazilian. I've never been the only Ana in my school and I've never been the only Carolina or Carol. In Brazil Ana Carolina is really common and you see women from all ages named Ana Carolina but in the U.S. I was teased because they kept saying Ana Carolina, two names in one, that's funny! I like my name, it is a OK name!" Feb. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna, 17. However I'm neither European nor American. In Thai the name "Anna" means "Ocean" or "Alphabet" I think I'm quite OK with this name. When I was an exchange student in Italy, there're many nicknames from "Anna" I got called. Such as "Annuska", "Annina", "Anna Anaconda" even "Annabelle" from the film "The Conjuring" hahahahaha. In sum, I love this name, but I prefer "Anika" or "Annett" or something... Anna is used by TOO many girls. 😝" Mar. 7, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna. My middle name is Marie. Don't get me wrong. I love how my name flows with my middle name & last name, but I think my name is so boring. I wish it had something more original or unique about it. Plus, if you end up not liking bananas and your name is Anna. You're gonna get annoyed way quicker than the usual "Anna" that does like bananas. Just remember that while naming your children." Nov. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Muy best friend is named Anna I think this named os beautiful." Jul. 4, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lol my name is also ana abd I spell it ana not anna . N I jst luv my name. It seems different nd unique. Bd luckily there is no girl named ana in my college or in my social circle nd even in my family. So I feel really overwhelmed . Nd I m proud of my name. Short , cute nd unique. Ummmmmmmah . ." Jun. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi Anna-Marie,I am the only one with my name. Scary pepole could find ME and only me. I found there are only 420 pepole with our last name. My maiden name is much more common, and about 1/3 as many pepole have my whole maiden name, first and last, as total pepole have our last name." Mar. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thanks for spending time on the computer (wriitng) so others don't have to." Mar. 16, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have a daughter named Anna Elizabeth. I think the name Anna is absolutely beautiful. I love the way it sounds and her eyes light up when she hears her name. She is a beautiful little girl and I can't imagine her with a different name." Mar. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna and I'm from Russia. I've been going by Anya my entire life, because that's a standard Russian nickname for Anna. However that does cause a lot of confusion here, and I always have to explain myself. My husband doesn't want to recognize Anna, he says (as a joke of course) that he doesn't know any Annas. I don't hate the name, but I don't love it either. It's a little boring, but it's not ugly. Although I do hate when people call me Ana or Ehna. In Russian it's pronounced Ahn-na, and that's what I prefer." Sep. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna. My family calls me Annie, but I started going by Anna in high school. I hated it growing up, because there were always tons of other girls in my class named Anna, Ann, Anne, Annie, etc. I thought it was boring. I like it now that I am an adult. It is simple and mature and looks good on a business card. People often mistakenly spell it Ana. People also ask me all the time if I pronounce it Anna or AH-na, which is ridiculous. Who is that pretentious? All and all, it is a good name, but I would recommend using it with a more interesting middle name, to give your girl some options." Sep. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my friend is called anna sometimes people call her anna banana nd i think the name anna is so boring" Jul. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nickname is Anna, and i love it soooo much more that my real name, Anna = gorgeous!!" Jun. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna. There's nothing bad about the name. But it's kinda blaah. ANNNN-UGGH it sounds like you're sighing, and I'm deffently NOT a boring person. I kinda just wanna change the spelling to "Annuh" :]" May. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name in Anna and although I find it annoying when people call me Ann, Alice, Anna Banana, Hannah, Hannah Montana to name a few....I find it rather amusing that someone would suggest I change my name to Annalise or whatever! How pretentious!" Sep. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i got this friend anna but her intials r ABC omg lol thats hi-larious and ya shes weird but o well she just like my crazy retard of a friend kelli who doesnt even know my name (tear) she calls me anna :(" Jun. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Anna. And a beautiful middle name to go with it would be Sophia." May. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i would rather becalled something better like rosemary or isabella or idk . . . alice" May. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna and I'm 30. I did not meet another Anna until I was 19...she was an infant. My grandpa always called me Annie." Mar. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Until I went to high school I'd never met another Anna, I thought it was a boring short name, and wanted a nickname. Then there were 3 of us in my class..and I was called by my surname. I love it again now im older. I'm confused byt the Anna vs Ana pronounciations...I keep the a's and n's short..therefore I imagine like do other people say it?" Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna but everyone calls me Acey because my middle name is christine so A.C.ey" Jul. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Anna, not An-uh, Anne-a. Its sorta boring to me. I'm in 8th grade, there are 2 of us, some more in other grades. Most Anna are nicknames. Annabell, Ariana, Joanna etc. I'm just Anna. I sometimes wish I had a more unusal name." Apr. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Anna, not An-uh, Anne-a. Its sorta boring to me. I'm in 8th grade, there are 2 of us, some more in other grades. Most Anna are nicknames. Annabell, Ariana, Joanna etc. I'm just Anna. I sometimes wish I had a more unusal name." Apr. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "name is anna and everyone calls me ana which is soooooo annoying.....i'm Anna not ana but i love my namee so should all the annas out there!" Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I first start 7th grade I hated the name Anna, it sounded so weird and it sounded out of place in the school since i was the only Anna and many of my friends have names I love like Erika, Amy, Kelsey, Liz, Shannon, and Elle. But i have grown to love my name since it seems to be unique when no one else has the same name, so it makes me feel different but in a great way! People call me Anna Banana which i dont mind but i hate when teachers call me Ann or Anna making the a's short and the n's short to making it sound like ana! But other then that i love my name!" Jan. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "anna is not a boring name. its flippen amazing name! you can spell it backwards and forwards and its the same! i love my name. it has a classical touch to it, yet its recently awesome. My name kicks some major ass. YEAYA!" Mar. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dude my name is anna and its the coolest because everyone can remember it cause it's not hard! YEA" Dec. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dude my name is anna and its the coolest because everyone can remember it cause it's not hard! YEA" Dec. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is called Anna Sophia. This name ist popular and OK. no negative experiences with this name." Nov. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always get called Annie, Anne, or Annnn-na. The sound of my name made me cringe until I changed it to Ana, it has a much softer sound. I still have to correct people all the time, but I had to anyway before." Sep. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name because I am the only one in my school that has it!!" Aug. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Anna is very common around here. I can thick of four Anna's off the top of my head and seeing as I like very uncommon names I'm not too fond of it." Apr. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Why haven't more recent entries been posted? These entries are all from last summer." Jan. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a child I hated my name. It was too simple and as most people know an easy name to make fun of. I was constantly being called 'Anna- Banana' or 'Annie.' But as I got older, the nicknames still remained to my disappointment, but my feelings about my name changed. I talked with my grandmother one night saying that I hated my name. And she explained to me that even though it is a very simple and yet common name, it has survived over hundreds of generations. There are few names that can actually do that. So now, I still may not like the name much, for I know tons of people with the same name, I have a better apprecaition for it and don't dislike it as much." Dec. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "No fair, way less popular than Hannah, my name, and it's not NEARLY as nice. Oh well, i guess i have to suck it up!!!" Dec. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friends name is Anna, and I'm Hannah, and when she was like 7, she had a b-day party, and it was "BACKWARDS" theme. We had to have our shirts backwards, our pants, everything. Even our names were spelt backwards on our shirts. Me and Anna were still Anna and Hannah. It probobally would've made me fell left out if i was the only one, but now I think it's kinda funny and cute!!" Dec. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Anna and as I child I loved my name as it is made up of two letters it was easy to remember, making spelling very easy. I often get called Anne or Hannah but once people know I am called Anna they usually get it right the second time. My God Daughter is called and Anna and seeing someone else by the same name has made we like it more. The meaning is graceful which I am far from." Jun. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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