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Quick Facts on Annie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 354
Simple meaning:
Grace, favor

Characteristics of Annie

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Annie

Annie is the diminutive of Anne. Anne is the English form of the Latin Anna which comes from the Hebrew name Hannah from the word “channah” being ‘grace, favor’. The root source of this name is Hannah who was borne from the Bible as the mother of Samuel (a prophet of central importance in the Old Testament). She suffered through torturous years of barrenness (remember Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel went through the same thing before producing Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, respectively). Hannah prayed mightily to God promising that if she has 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 Anna which was anglicized to Anne which produced Annie. In more modern times, the pet form of Annie became an independently given name in its own right. It is currently a Top 50 name in Northern Ireland and a Top 100 in Sweden.

Popularity of the Name Annie

Annie has been a long used independently given name in the United States. She has remained on the charts in perpetuity since the government first began tracking naming trends at the end of the 19th century. In fact, at the turn of the 20th century in the year 1900 Annie was the 11th most popular girl’s name in America. The name remained on the Top 50 list of most commonly used girl names up until the late 1930s. The name slowly declined in usage, fell off the Top 100 list in the 1950s and continues her slow and steady decline into the 21st century. This surprised us a little bit. The name has endurance, it has that childlike cute quality so many parents find appealing, and she’s associated with the plucky and optimistic Little Orphan Annie (created from a poem which inspired a comic strip which ultimately inspired the Broadway musical). And don’t forget Annie Oakley for that matter. Today, parents are opting for the more sophisticated Anna over Annie and Anne. When it comes to diminutives, today’s trends favor names like Ella, Bella, and Ellie over a name like Annie. As the “Anne” family of names has been in heavy use for centuries, it seems that parents are finding them a little ho-hum today. We have no doubt that this spunky little gal will hind her way back into your good ‘graces’ at some point in the not so distant future.
Popularity of the Girl Name Annie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Annie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Annie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Annie

    Annie (Little Orphan Annie) Little Orphan Annie is the young heroine of the very popular comic strip of the same name created by Harold Gray in 1924, which itself was inspired by a 1885 poem “Little Orphant Annie” written by James Whitcomb Riley. The comic strip has since been adapted into a Broadway musical, several films and a radio show. Annie is a red-haired plucky orphaned girl who makes her way through countless adventures with her dog, Sandy, as she brings her wide (vacant)-eyed optimism to bear on life’s vagaries. She is mentored and protected by “Daddy” Warbucks, a self-made millionaire with a cruel and meddlesome wife, the source of many of Annie’s troubles. Annie is a kind of embodiment of the American dream – no matter how humble your circumstances, with the right attitude and work ethic, you can overcome hardship and have fun in the offing. Depressions, wars and child labor violations be damned – we know “The sun’ll come out tomorrow”.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Annie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Annie

    Addition Annie (David Gisler) - All Rookie Readers actively engage young readers, encouraging language development, building fluency, and promoting independent reading. By targeting a skill, like being able to count, use numbers and recognize shapes, young readers are building fundamental skills with the help of fun, lively, colorfully illustrated stories. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Adventure Annie Goes to Work (Toni Buzzeo) - Amelia Grace is all set for a Saturday full of fun with Mommy. Donning her sparkly tights and red cape, she becomes Adventure Girl! But - oh no! - Mommy's important report has gotten lost and she needs to go to her office to find it. What kind of adventure can Amelia possibly have in an offi ce building? Well, it turns out that a rambunctious, imaginative kid can find adventure anywhere - and can maybe even save the day for Mommy at the same time. Infectiously lively and humorously true to the creative energy of a typical preschooler, this is also the perfect read-aloud choice for kids who are curious about what their working parents do all day. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Annie and Simon (Catharine O'Neill) - A chatty little girl and her patient older brother share an easy bond in a charming early chapter book filled with warmth and wry humor. Annie and Simon: little sister and big, big brother. Annie likes to talk (a lot) about what she’s going to be when she grows up, about the clouds and rain and umbrellas, about picnics in the park and meteors, about loons and canoes and turtles. And Simon is a very good listener. He knows a lot about the stars and the weather, how to fix bee stings, and where to look for loons. He knows a lot about being the kind of big brother that keeps a little sister smiling. Whether they are poking around the garden or paddling through a marsh, curious Annie and patient Simon are siblings who are clearly happy in each other’s company. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Annie and Snowball and the Dress-up Birthday (Cynthia Rylant) - Annie and her pet bunny, Snowball, love living next door to Annie's favorite cousin, Henry and his dog, Mudge. Whether it's playing Frisbee or watching old movies, there's no shortage of fun to be had when these four are together. Annie's birthday is coming up, and she can't wait to invite Henry and Mudge over for a dress-up party. But when the guests arrive, it's Annie who gets the big surprise! This book is part of the “Annie and Snowball” series by Cynthia Rylant. Other titles include Annie and Snowball and…the Prettiest House; the Teacup Party; the Pink Surprise; the Cozy Nest; the Shining Star; the Wintery Freeze; and so much more! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annie and the Wild Animals (Jan Brett) - When Annie's cat disappears, she attempts friendship with a variety of unsuitable woodland animals. The borders of the pages foretell the emergence of spring and the birth of kittens. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Annie Bananie (Leah Komaiko) - There's never been anyone quite like Annie Bananie. So when she has to move away, her playmate cannot believe it -- until she realizes that even far apart, they can still be best friends. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annie Glover is NOT a Tree Lover (Darleen Bailey Beard) - Annie Glover’s grandma is always protesting something, but she goes too far when she chains herself to a century-old tree and names it Elmer. Elmer is scheduled to be cut down to make way for a new swimming-pool complex and Grandma is trying to save him, but Annie wants that swimming pool—and so do all her classmates. Now she must endure all the other fourth graders asking her embarrassing questions and that pesky Leroy Kirk calling her a “tree lover.” However, as Annie considers what Elmer means to her town and to herself, she begins to think that maybe Grandma’s not so crazy after all. Adorable illustrations perfectly capture Annie’s scheme to save Elmer—with the help of her teacher, her best friend, a zany trio of parachuting Elvis impersonators, and, yes, even Grandma. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Annie Mouse's Route 66 Adventure: A Photo Journal (Anne Maro Slanina) - Join Annie Mouse and her family as they put their cares behind them and go on a Route 66 cross-country trip in this fifth Annie Mouse Adventure. Annie Mouse is excited to share the photographs that document her family's experiences as they follow the route westward from Joliet, IL to Needles, CA. The Mouse Family visits attractions in each of the route's eight states, making friends and learning about the history of the Mother Road along the way. This book can be used as a travel guide while on the route or it can be used as a social studies supplement. This adventure was inspired by the author's many Route 66 trips and features her original photography. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Annie Was Warned (Jarrett J. Krosoczka) - Annie was warned not to go to the creepy Montgomery mansion…and maybe she wouldn’t have if her best friend hadn’t dared her. But Annie isn’t afraid of anything. Not bats, not spiders, and certainly not some haunted house. Or is she? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Annie's Plan: Taking Charge of Schoolwork and Homework (Jeanne R. Kraus) - Annie is really smart, but she needs a plan for focusing on her work at school and getting her homework done and turned in. Annie's Plan presents a 10-Point Schoolwork Plan and a 10-Point Homework Plan that help her master the organizational and study skills needed for school success. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Apple Farmer Annie (Monica Wellington) - Apple cider, applesauce, apple muffins, cakes, and pies! Annie is a very busy apple farmer. She bakes yummy treats with the apples she picks and saves her best apples to sell at the market. Follow Annie through her apple-filled day of picking, counting, sorting, baking, and selling, and then try making some of her simple apple recipes. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Axle Annie (Robin Pulver) - Winter packs a wallop in Burskyville. But it doesn't matter how hard it snows, because Axle Annie is the best school bus driver around. "Do snowplows plow? Do tow trucks tow?Of course I can make it up Tiger Hill," she says, and that's why the schools never close. The laziest bus driver in town is not pleased at all. He comes up with a scheme to keep Axle Annie off the road. But he's not counting on Annie's gumption. Of course she'll make it up Tiger Hill-won't she? Kirkus Reviews says: "With hilarious over-the-top characters, this satisfyingly outrageous tale will tickle readers' funny bones." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dear Annie (Judith Caseley) - "My grandpa is my pen pal." Annie tells her class at show-and-tell one day. It's true. Annie and Grandpa have written each other letters since the day Annie was born. When Annie was a baby, her mother answered Grandpa's letters. When she got a little older, Annie told her mother what to write. But now that she is in school, Annie can read Grandpa's letters herself, and answer them, too! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae (Brad Wilcox) - Hold on to your hats, cause there's a new cowgirl in town whose pistols are packed with positive attitude! Eight-year-old Annie McRae is irresistible-with her toothless grin, turquoise-blue cowboy boots, and her upbeat twist on life, she spends most days surrounded by cheers of "Hip, hip, hooray for Annie McRae!" from Mom, Dad, Mr. Garcia, and Grandma C. But what happens when the grownups are too busy to cheer? Don't you worry-Annie pulls herself up by the bootstraps and realizes that the best "hip, hip, hoorays" come from herself and caring for others. As an added bonus, readers can try to spy the "hidden" horseshoes in each illustration! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Magic Tree House series (Mary Pope Osborne) - An award-winning series of stories about eight year old Jack and his younger sister Annie who discover a magic tree house filled with books that transport them into the past. Join them on many fun and exciting adventures as your children lean to read!! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Who Was Annie Oakley? (Stephanie Spinner) - You want girl power? Meet Annie Oakley! Born in 1860, she became one of the best-loved and most famous women of her generation. She amazed audiences all over the world with her sharpshooting, horse-riding, action-packed performances. In an age when most women stayed home, she traveled the world and forged a new image for American women. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Annie

    Famous People Named Annie

    Famous People Named Annie - Annie Leibovitz (photographer); Annie Lennox (musician); Annie Oakley (sharpshooter)

  • Children of Famous People Named Annie

    Children of Famous People Named Annie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Annie - Frederick Douglass (social reformer); Glenn Close (actress); Jamie Lee Curtis (actress); Kevin Costner (actor)

Personality of the Girl Name Annie

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 - Annie

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