Hannah (given name)

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Hannah (given name)
Gender Female
Origin
Word/Name Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic
Other names
Related names Hanna, , Hana, Anna, Ana, Ann, Anne

Hannah, also spelt Hanna, Hana, or Chana, is a given name. In the Hebrew language Ḥannah (חַנָּה) means "Gods given gift to the world" or "He (God) has favoured me/favours me [with a child]". This name is transliterated from Arabic as either Hannah or Hana. In Japan, "Hana" is a popular girl's name that can be written in over 40 ways, each with its own nuance.

The Hannah spelling of the name was taken up as a given name by the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries, and has always been a common Jewish name.[1] Ann, Anne, Anna, and variants derive from Hannah. The Punic name Hannibal derives, it is supposed,[by whom?] from the same root.[citation needed] Hannah is a palindrome.

In the Books of Samuel, Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel. Hannah was infertile, so at temple she prayed that if God gave her a son, she would give him up to become a priest. When the child, Samuel, was born, she gave him to Eli to be raised as a priest.[2]

In 2011, the Social Security Administration ranked Hannah the 22nd most popular name for girls in the United States.[3]

People with the given name Hannah:

People with the given name Hanna:

People with the given name Chana:

Fictional characters:

Biblical characters:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Behind the Name: Jewish Names". behindthename.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  2. ^ 1 Samuel 1:2
  3. ^ http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/popular-names/girls/ Social Security Administration statistics, May 2011