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- Dutch, German
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Anika
Anika is the German, Dutch and Danish pet form of Anne. Anne is the English form of the Latin Anna which comes from the Hebrew name Hannah from the word “channah” meaning “grace, favor”. The root source of Anna is Hannah, a woman borne from the Bible as the mother of Samuel (a prophet of central importance in the Old Testament). Hannah suffered through torturous years of barrenness and prayed mightily to God promising that if He gave her a child, she would dedicate him to the Lord. Soon afterwards, she conceived and gave birth to a son, Samuel (by the “grace” of God or as a “favor” from Him). Hannah eventually became Latinized to Anna which became anglicized to Anne. Anika developed as a pet form of Anne in many Northern European countries (mainly Germany, Holland and Denmark). Today, Anika (with one “n”) is most popular in Slovenia.
Popularity of the Name Anika
Anika is only a little less popular in America than Annika with two “n”s. First appearing on the American female naming charts in 1972, it took several years for Anika to find her footing. It wouldn’t be until the mid-1990s that Anika finally found her place on the charts. This was right around the time that Annika Sörenstam was making a big splash in women’s professional golf. Thanks to her athletic talent on the golf course, the name Annika became featured in the news a lot, reminding future parents of this darling yet strong German/Scandinavian diminutive for Anne. The Ann/Anne/Anna/Annie names have become so ubiquitous that Anika offers a refreshing alternative. It’s cute while still retaining that no-nonsense Germanic and Nordic strength and vigor. In European countries today Annika with two “n”s is definitely more popular, but it just comes down to spelling preference. The names are pronounced exactly the same. You would be doing your daughter a great “favor” by bestowing upon her this lovely name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Anika
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Anika
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Anika
Anika We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Anika (see Annika).
Popular Songs on Anika
Anika - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Anika.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Anika
Anika's Mountain (Karen Rispin) - Part of the Anika Scott series. Twelve-year-old Anika needs God's help while making the difficult climb to the top of Mount Kenya, and even more when she learns a family secret that she doesn't want to believe. Recommended for ages 10-13.
Famous People Named Anika
Famous People Named Anika - Anika Noni Rose (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Anika
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Anika - Sidney Poitier (actor)
Anika - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Anika - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Anika.
Personality of the Girl Name Anika
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Anika