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What's In The Name Ann?
I also have the name "Ann" and I think it is a lovely name. To me it holds a certain strength and quietness.
The name Ann means "gracious" and of Hebrew origin its meaning is "favored grace" which is beautiful.
Chosen as a first name or more often as a middle name Ann or one of its variants is a very lovely name to have :)
So I decided to explore it here in a Fun way and I will add to my findings as I go along. I have already discovered many famous and noteworthy Ann's so bear with me as I will add to this gradually as I research.
Do keep checking back for updates!
Do you like the name Ann?
Ann By Any Other Name
At first glance Ann is such a simple name , however it has quite a history and spans across many countries each giving it a slightly different flavour. So in brief.
Ann is a more simplified version of Anne and Anne is the English form of Hannah.
Anna is the European form.
Anya is the Russian form.
Annie is often a pet form of Ann.
Anouk is the French pet form.
Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
Ann In Persuasion By Jane Austen
The wonderful world of the Jane Austen Novel "Persuasion" .
This is one of Jane Austens most mature novels. Here the daughter Ann whom persuaded when young to refuse the love of her life gradually over time learns her own mind and her own heart.
I love this character who is like most of us very complex and full of her own thoughts yet sensitive and loving and caring.
I have been reading this book and watching the films since I was thirteen years old and for me the meaning in the book has changed as I have grown and changed and experienced more of life.
Video clip of Ann's Romance In Persuasion
no one so proper, so capable as Anne!
Benefits Of The Name Ann
I Love having the name Ann! I mostly went by Ann all through school. It goes back to my very early childhood when learning to read and write.
While some of my friends with very long and complex names were struggling in the classroom to write their name , I was all done and finished in seconds !
In my infant and primary school we had to write our names first thing in the morning and then when we were finished we could go and choose a fun activity to do for fifteen minutes before school proper started.
So with my short and easy name , I was done and dusted in no time and off to play!
Origins Of Ann
- Behind The Name
I find it interesting to find out the meanings behind our given names. Maybe some parents give a name because of the meaning behind it. I have often heard people say she looks like an "Ann" or other name. So maybe sometimes we grow into our names!
Ann and its variant forms.
Here are just some of the variant forms of Ann.
The Meaning Of Ann and All The Variant Forms
- Meaning of Ann
Ann has would you believe 96 variant forms!. This means all manner of different and alternate forms stemming from the basic "Ann". This includes the shortest to the longest and also pet or fond names given. Popularity of all these changes over time.
Which version of "Ann" Do You Like?
Which form of Ann do you most like? Here you ge tto voice your own choice in the poll below and to see what others think
As Ann has 96 variants I cannot list them all here so if you prefer one not listed here please let me know in the Guestbook at the end of the article :)
What is your fave variant of the name Ann ?
Ann is a name often chosen for Royalty
Among the royal name bearers:
Queen of England,
Queen of France
Empress of Russia
Princess Anne of England.
Anne Queen Of France betrothed at 14 to the King of France
Princess Anne Of England
- Princess Anne
In UK we have our very Own Princess Anne. She is a very active person horse riding and general country pursuits. Often somewhat outspoken too about countryside issues. You can learn ore about her here
The Hollies Carrie Anne
Popularity Of The Name Ann
- Name Ann
Click on the link to see a graph with the popularity of the name Ann. It is interesting to see how it has gone up and down in popularity over the years.
Anne Of Green Gables
Anne Of Green Gables Books And DVD. - Great selection to choose from
Classic Anne of Green Gables selections.
It is noticeable how classic books and films revived or new films can make a name popular again with new parents or how a brand new film can make a name one chosen for many new born babies.
This book and the film made the Name "Anne" popular again for a good while.
You can't really define an Ann! There are many different characters carrying the name, some stoic, some noble, some courageous etc
Here are just a few. I will be adding details about them in time.
Anne Boleyn Queen of England;
Anna Paquin All actresses
Ayn Rand writer
Anne Frank writer,diary
Anna Pavlova ballerina
Anna Kournikova tennis player
Annika Sorenstam golfer
Annie Oakley Wild West sharpshooter (Watch the video below for a real Fiesty lady!!)
Really not sure if i want to include this!
However Ann Widdecomb is a Famous Ann and now for more than her politics!! Thought it would be more fun to see her "dancing" than her politics :O
She is certainly a good sport and I love her "have a go " attitude and sticking to her own mind regarding the dress!
Here she is in the TV Show in UK " Strictly Come Dancing" . You have to see , she does certainly have her own style and always, always knew her own mind !
Graceful Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova was a beautiful ballet dancer who really changed the course of Ballet and brought her style into other countries.
Without Anna ballet may well be different today. As she was a ballet dancer who expressed her talent and feelings through dance rather than words this video below .
Here she is looking amazing portraying a dancing dragonfly. Can you feel the delicate fluttering of its wings ? (Do bear in mind this is a very old film so please excuse the quality)
She truly lived up to the meaning of Ann being -graceful.
The Dragonfly Anna Pavlova
Beautiful Ballarina Gallery Anna Pavlova
- Ballarina Gallery
Lovely Photographs and a short history about the beautiful, graceful and enchanting Anna Pavlova.
Thank You For Visiting
Thankyou for visiting this page all about the name Ann.
Whether you are an Ann, know an Ann, were just looking for something Ann related or found us by chance, love you to drop me a line and let me know you stopped by.
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