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Etymology & Historical Origin - Savanna
Savanna is a slight respelling of Savannah. The name Savannah is a girl’s name that is used in the United States and borne from the place name Savannah, Georgia, a well-known southern city established in 1733 and built on the Savannah River. The river’s name was likely derived from variant names for the Shawnee tribe, a Native American people who migrated to the river in the 1680s which was the southernmost part of the Algonquin nation. In the Algonquian language the word “shawano” means ‘southerner.’ It is also thought to be derived from a Shawnee word meaning moderate, warm climate. A savanna, or savannah, is also a grassland ecosystem characterized by the trees being small and widely spaced so that the canopy does not close, thus providing very little shade. It was the United States that popularized this name, but like Madison, other English-speaking nations responded and borrowed the moniker for their own lists. Savannah (with an H) is a Top 100 favorite in Canada and Australia.
Popularity of the Name Savanna
Savanna (without an “H” on the end) first appeared on the female naming charts in 1984, immediately following the success of Savannah. There are now three variations of this name: Savannah, Savanna and Savanah. Over 80% of the baby girls receiving one of the three forms of this name today get the spelling of Savannah while close to 15% opt for Savanna without the “H”. It’s a less fanciful way to render the name, but it also detaches it from association with the place name in Georgia. Savannah is an example of an ultra-trendy modern name following the fashions of naming children after places (Madison, Paris, Phoenix, Sierra, etc). While Savanna has reached levels of moderate usage, Savannah with the “H” is a Top 50 favorite. It’s a pretty, feminine sounding name, but you must not mind following trends because that’s what Savanna(h) is – a hot, modern-day, American fad. And usually fads are fleeting, but now that Savannah has nearly 30 years under her belt, she may just be here to stay. We’ll have to wait and see if this contemporary ‘southern’ belle can take her permanent place alongside the Catherines, Annes and Elizabeths of the charts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Savanna
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Savanna
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Savanna
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Popular Songs on Savanna
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Savanna
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Famous People Named Savanna
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Children of Famous People Named Savanna
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Savanna - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Savanna
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 - Savanna