Quick Facts on Hanna
- German, Nordic, Polish, Slavic
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God has favored me (with a child)
Etymology & Historical Origin - Hanna
Hanna is the mainly German, Scandinavian and Slavic form of Hannah. Hannah is an ancient Biblical name, first appearing in the Old Testament, in the first Book of Samuel, as the mother of Samuel (one of the most important prophets in Judeo-Christian tradition). In Hebrew Channah means “He (God) has favored me (i.e., with a child)” which makes perfect sense if you are familiar with Hannah’s story in the Bible (1 Samuel 1-2). Unable to bear children “because the Lord closed her womb,” Hannah prayed mightily to the Lord for a son promising to “give him to the Lord all the days of his life.” God hears Hannah’s prayers and “favors” her with a son (Samuel), hence the meaning of the name. After the child is weaned (about the age of four or five in Biblical times), Hannah does as promised and turns her son over to the priest Eli to raise Samuel in the service of God. It’s a good thing that God listened to the prayers of Hannah because Samuel would go on to become one of Israel’s greatest leaders and usher in the Israel monarchy by anointing its first kings, Saul and then David. Channah or Chana are names rooted in Hebrew tradition, while Hannah is more or less the English version, popularized by the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries in keeping with their customs of adopting Old Testament names for their children as an act of modesty and humility. The spelling of Hanna (without the second “h” on the end) is most common among Northern and Eastern Europeans. For instance, Hanna is the #1 female name in Hungary right now and #3 in Germany. It’s also a Top 50 in Poland, Norway and Sweden.
Popularity of the Name Hanna
Hanna is the second most popular spelling of this name in the Unites States (after Hannah). It actually dates back to the late 19th century on the American Top 1000 list (which is as far back as we have available data). Hanna’s usage was most likely first spurred on by German, Slavic and Nordic immigrants to the U.S. but today it’s an option used among all ethnicities. It’s a simpler form of Hannah. Although the Hanna spelling fell from circulation for many years (1914-1982), she finally resurfaced on the charts in 1983 which is right around the time that Hannah was soaring the charts. In fact, Hannah was the #2 most favorite name in America between 1998 and 2000 (only Emily had her beat). As Hannah was dominating the charts, the spelling of Hanna reached her highest position ever in 1998 at #165. Hannah is still the vastly preferred spelling of this ancient Hebrew charmer (ranked #22 in 2012), but Hanna is hanging in there at respectable levels herself. It just comes down to spelling preference.
Popularity of the Girl Name Hanna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hanna
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hanna
Hanna We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Hanna.
Popular Songs on Hanna
Black Hanna - a song by Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee
Hanna Hanna - a song by the China Crisis
Children's Books on the Baby Name Hanna
Hanna Bear's Christmas (Monica Devine) - Wake up, Hanna Bear! Hanna Bear can smell winter coming. It's time to find a den and snooze through the cold days and nights until spring because that is what bears do. But this year Hanna longs to see Christmas, so her friends agree to get her up for the special day. It isn't that easy to wake up a sleeping bear. When the mountain goat butts the door of her den, Hanna doesn't stir. So the moose tries, but even the sound of his antlers scraping back and forth doesn't wake up Hanna. The spruce grouse tries, and then the snowshoe hare, but no one can make enough noise. What are they going to do? They don't want to disappoint Hanna. But each one has made as much noise as they can. What more can they do? Children will enjoy making their own brand of noise as they follow along with the animals and help wake up Hanna. And they'll revel in the magic of a Christmas night, as they follow Hanna and her friends through the woods. A fun story for little ones about when to cooperate, when to make noise, and when to be silent. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Hanna Hippo's Horrible Hiccups (Barbara deRubertis) - “Each animal character and related adventure represents a letter of the alphabet. Eddie Elephant helps egg-sit for the Emu family. Frances Frog and Felicity Fox are friends even though they are opposites in many ways. And Gertie Gorilla drops her glorious birthday gift for Goat into the gulch. Alley's pen-and-ink drawings with soft watercolors capture the animals and their human characteristics in full-page illustrations, making the stories a delightful experience.” Recommended for ages 4-8.
Hanna's Cold Winter (Trish Marx) - Hanna was a hippopotamus in the Budapest zoo. Hanna and the other hippos thrived in the warm springs which flowed from the ground. One winter, however, it was so cold that the river froze. There was a war going on, and the people and animals were starving. But the people of Budapest made a plan to save their beloved hippos. This heartwarming story, based on a true incident that took place during World War II, is beautifully told by Trish Marx. Barb Knutson's charming illustrations magically evoke the faraway place and time. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Hanna's Sabbath Dress (Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el) - Hanna's new white dress, made especially for the Sabbath, is ruined the very first time it is worn after she helps a man carry his bag of charcoal, but while crying in despair in the forest, she notices that the stains have somehow been changed magically into beads of light. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Hanna
Famous People Named Hanna - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Hanna.
Children of Famous People Named Hanna
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Hanna - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Hanna.
Hanna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Hanna - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hanna.
Personality of the Girl Name Hanna
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Hanna