[ 2 syll. an-ne, ann-e ] The baby girl name Anne is pronounced as AAN-Nah (Dutch), AEN (English, French), or AA-Nah (German) †. Anne is largely used in the English, French, German, and Scandinavian languages, and its origin is Hebrew. The name was first adopted by English speakers in the medieval period. It has been borne by various members of royalty, including King Henry VIII's wives Anne Boleyn (1507-1536) and Anne of Cleves (1515-1557), Queen Anne of England (1665-1714), and Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter Princess Anne (1950-).
Anne is a variant spelling of the name Ann (English and Greek).
Anne is also an English, French, and German variant transcription of Anna.
Anne has 19 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. Variation transcriptions used in English include Anne-Claire (also used in French), Anne-Lise (also used in French), Anne-Sophie (also used in French), Annella, Ninette (also used in French), and Ysanne. Other English variants include the pet forms Annette (also used in French), Annie, Nan, Nana (also used in Spanish, African, French, Japanese, and Swahili), Nancy, and Oni.
Foreign variant transcriptions of Anne include Anne-Laure (French), Annot (Gaelic), Laurane (French), Lauranne (French), Louane (French), and Louanne (French). Specific foreign variants include the pet forms Anett (French), Anka (German and Polish), Antje (Dutch, Frisian, and German), and Ninon (French).
Variant forms inherit the origin and thus the meaning of Anne.
See also the related forms, Ainsley, Anne Sophie, Annedore, Ashlianne, Carrie-Anne, Cheyenne, Fayanne, Georgeanne, Hollyanne, Krystalanne, Laurianne, Leanne, Lilian, Lilyanne, Lisanne, Marianne, Maryanne, Nellianne, Rayanne, Rosanne, Sally Anne, and Vianne.
Anne is a classic favorite. Currently it is still fairly popular as a baby name for girls, though it was in more widespread use before. At the modest peak of its usage in 1915, 0.423% of baby girls were given the name Anne. Its ranking then was #52. The baby name has since suffered a substantial fall in popularity, and is in recent years of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.027% and its ranking #599. Out of the group of girl names directly linked to Anne, Anna was the most frequently used. In 2018, its use outnumbered Anne's by 8 times.
† Pronunciation for Anne: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)"
Details of famous persons named Anne:
Actress Anne Bancroft, born Anna Maria Louise Italiano, 17 September 1931 - 6 June 2005, The Bronx, New York.
Actress Anne Hathaway, born 12 November 1982, New York, New York.
Actress Anne Heche, born 25 May 1969, Aurora, Ohio.
Actress Anne Parillaud, born 6 May 1961, Paris, France.
Author Anne Fadiman, born 7 August 1953, New York, New York.
Author Anne Rice, born 4 October 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Educator Anne Sullivan, born Joanna Sullivan, 14 April 1866 - 20 October 1936, Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
Holocaust Victim Anne Frank, born Annelies Marie Frank, 12 June 1929, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Poet Anne Bradstreet, born Anne Dudley, 1612 - 16 September 1672, Northamptonshire, England.
Poet Anne Sexton, born Anne Gray Harvey, 9 November 1928 - 4 October 1974, Newton, Massachusetts.