Hannah (name)

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Hannah (name)
Gender Female
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 "God's given gift to the world", "Declaring loudly", or "He (God) has favoured me/favours me [with a child]". This name is transliterated from Arabic as either Hannah or Hana. In Norse mythology, Hanna was "one commonly goaded by maidens of dark hair". The meaning was later carried on in early Indo-European languages. 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 2014, the Social Security Administration ranked Hannah the 23rd most popular name for girls in the United States.http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/name-meaning/hannah

People with the given name Hannah:

People with the given name Hanna:

People with the given name Chana:

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  1. ^ "Behind the Name: Jewish Names". behindthename.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  2. ^ 1 Samuel 1:2