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Quick Facts on Ana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew, Slavic, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 237
Simple meaning:
God has favored me

Characteristics of Ana

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ana

Anna is the Latin variant of the English Anne and Ana is the Spanish form. All of these names are derived from the Hebrew girl’s name Hannah (meaning “God has favored me”). The name appears briefly in the New Testament (Gospel of Luke) belonging to a devoutly religious prophetess who recognized the baby Jesus as the Messiah. It is often thought (and still believed in Christian tradition) that Anna was the mother of Mary, but this is not supported in the Bible. Anna was mainly popularized by French nuns in the Middle Ages and eventually spread throughout Europe. Spain and Portugal used the variant Ana, as did many of the Slavic nations.

Popularity of the Name Ana

As the Spanish variant of the English Anna or Anne, Ana has not had the same experience of popularity on the U.S. charts. Rather, Ana has grown in popularity along with the increasing Hispanic and Latino populations in the United States. Ana has never made the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names, but she has been showing upward momentum. The name does appear to be reaching a plateau in usage today, however. There’s essentially nothing different between Anna and Ana; just a small difference in language origin. Ana is the 16th most popular name in Spain (based on 2009 data) and 5th in Slovenia (2006 data). In fact, Ana is popular all over the Spanish-speaking world as well as the Slavic nations. Its rise in America can be attributed to our own Spanish-speaking population. Not surprisingly, the name Ana is most popular in Texas, one of our border states.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ana

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ana

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ana

    Ana We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ana (see Anna).

  • Popular Songs on Ana

    Popular Songs on Ana

    Ana - a song by the Pixies

    Ana & Mia - a song by The Trews

    Ana's Song (Open Fire) - a song by Silverchair

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ana

    Ana Banana y yo/ Anna Banana and Me (Lenore Blegvad) - The young boy in this story is afraid of many things, but his friend Ana is just the opposite, exuberant and full of life. A heartwarming story. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Ana Cultiva Manzanas / Apple Farmer Annie (Monica Wellington) - A delicious treat about America's favorite fruit is now available in a Spanish bilingual format. Ana grows and sells apples, and she makes cider and applesauce and muffins. A glossary helps kids learn the names of Ana's delicious ingredients in both languages. With tie-ins to math and science curricula and units on autumn, this book will be especially welcomed by teachers. Truly the pick of the crop! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Growing Up with Tamales/Los Tamales de Ana (Gwendolyn Zepeda) - This sweet and funny story about sibling rivalry and the tradition of making tamales is told from the perspective of Ana, who yearns to be like her big sister. Stage actress Gabriella Cavallero's voice brings the rhythmic prose to life with her tenderhearted reading in flawless English and Spanish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Princesa Ana (Cantin Marc) - La princesa Ana era flaca, flaca. Pero con el tiempo le sale una barriga. A su esposo, el príncipe Barrigón, esto le parece estupendo, y amenaza con sacar punta a las orejas de quien se atreva a decir algo sobre su amada. Un día la princesa se siente mal, y pronto todos se dan cuenta de que dentro de ella había una sorpresa. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rebecca and Ana: American Girls Collection (Jacqueline Dembar Greene) - At last, Rebecca's cousin, Ana, has made the long journey from Russia to Ellis Island. It's crowded with two families living in one small apartment, but Rebecca is happy to share everything with Ana. At school, she is determined to help Ana learn English. But when the teacher tells her to include Ana in a special performance, Rebecca panics--Ana's broken English will ruin the show! As the big day draws near, Rebecca learns an important lesson about what matters most. Includes an illustrated Looking Back section about urban schools in 1914. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Story of Ana: La Historia De Ana (Ely P. Vasquez) - A bilingual (Spanish/English) children's book written and illustrated by El Salvadoran children who had been brought to the U.S. by their parents and who had to cope with a strange land, a new language, feeling marginalized from their schoolmates and yet who wanted to succeed in their new home. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Ana

    Famous People Named Ana

    Famous People Named Ana - Ana Gasteyer (SNL cast member); Ana Ivanović (tennis player); Ana Alicia (actress); Ana Beatriz Barros (Brazilian model); Ana Cláudia Michels (Brazilian model)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ana

    Children of Famous People Named Ana

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Ana - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ana.

  • Historic Figures

    Ana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Santa Ana (or Saint Anne) - Santa Ana (or Saint Anne) is believed to be the mother of the Virgin Mary, and grandmother of Jesus. She and her husband, Joachim, were unable to have a child for many years and then Anna was visited in the night by an angel who let her know that she would soon conceive a child. The couple were so happy with this news that they promised their child, once born, would be in the service of God. In addition to bearing the child who would become the mother of Jesus, Saint Anne is also the saint of women in labor.

Personality of the Girl Name Ana

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ana

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