Hannah (name)

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Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה‎, romanizedhannah) also spelt Hanna, Hana or Chana, is a feminine given name of Hebrew origin. 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 name Hannah is of Hebrew origin but is a very popular name all over the UK and USA.[1]

Anne, Ann, and other forms of the name derive from the Hellenized Hebrew: Anna (romanization [transcription/transliteration] of Ἅννα [from Greek to Roman {Latin} letters]).

The Phoenician (Punic) name Hannibal derives from the same Canaanite root and means "My grace is Baal".[2]

In the Books of Samuel of the Hebrew Bible, Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel. Hannah was barren, so at temple she prayed that if God gave her a son, she would give him up to become a priest. After making this promise to God, she returned to her husband and conceived a son whom she named 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.



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  1. ^ "Behind the Name hannah". behindthename.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  2. ^ Company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. "Appendix II - Semitic Roots". ahdictionary.com.