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Hannah (name)

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Gender Female
Word/name Hebrew
Other names
Related names Hanna, Hana, Anna, Ana, Ann, Anne, Ona

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", or "He (God) has favoured me/favours me [with a child]". This name is transliterated from Arabic as either Hannah or Hana.

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. After many years of praying she was blessed with a son, and named him Samuel. When the child was weaned (around 3 years old), Hannah gave him to Eli to be raised as a priest. She went on to have 5 more children.[2] Hannah is also sometimes given as the name of the Woman with seven sons described in 2 Maccabees.

In 2014, the Social Security Administration ranked Hannah the 23rd most popular name for girls in the United States.

People with the given name Hannah:

People with the given name Hanna:

People with the given name Chana:

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See also


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