Hannah (name)

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Gender Female
Word/name Hebrew
Other names
Related names Hana, Anna, Ana, Ann(e), Ona

Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה‎‎), also spelled Hanna, Hana, or Chana, is a Hebrew given name It is derived from the root ḥ-n-n, meaning 'favour' or 'grace'; A Dictionary of First Names attributes the name to a word meaning 'He (God) has favoured me [with a child]'.

The Hannah spelling of the name was taken up as a given name by the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries, and it has always been a common Jewish name.[1] Ann, Anne, Anna derive from Hannah through Latin. The Phoenician (Punic) name Hannibal derives from the same Canaanite root and means 'My grace is ba'al'.[2] 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[citation needed]), Hannah gave him to Eli to be raised as a priest. She went on to have 5 more children.[3] 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.http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/name-meaning/hannah

People with the given name Hannah:

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People with the given name Chana:

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  1. ^ "Behind the Name: Jewish Names". behindthename.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  2. ^ American Heritage Dictionary: Semitic Roots II
  3. ^ 1 Samuel 1:2