Hannah (name)

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Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה‎) (Arabic: حَنَّة‎),[1] also spelt 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.[2] Ann, Anne, Anna derive from Hannah through Latin. The Phoenician (Punic) name Hannibal derives from the same Canaanite root and means "My grace is Baal".[3]

In the Books of Samuel, Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel. Hannah did not know a man, 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.[4] Hannah is also sometimes given as the name of the woman with seven sons described in 2 Maccabees.

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People with the given name Hanna[edit]

People with the given name Chana[edit]

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  1. ^ "Arabic Calligraphy design for «Hannah - حنَّه»". NameArabic.com.
  2. ^ "Behind the Name: Jewish Names". behindthename.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  3. ^ Company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. "Appendix II - Semitic Roots". ahdictionary.com.
  4. ^ 1 Samuel 1:2