Hannah Name Meaning

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The name Hannah stems from the Hebrew name Channah, which means "favor" or "grace." It is a biblical name, with Hannah appearing in the Old Testament as the mother of Samuel. Today it is one of the most popular biblical names given to little girls, gaining increasing familiarity as a name appearing in television and movies quite frequently over the last 20 years.

  • Origin: The name Hannah comes from the Hebrew name Channah (favor, grace). It is also a biblical name from the Old Testament.
  • Gender: Hannah is typically used as a girl name.
  • Pronunciation: HAN-a (English), HA-na (German) HAH-na (Dutch)

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Hannah?

Hannah is a popular name that has held a spot in the top 50 baby names for the past 30 years. In the late 1990s, the popularity of the name Hannah peaked significantly. It held the No. 2 spot for three years in a row and remained in the top 10 most popular names for over a decade.

Today, the name Hannah still ranks high in popularity, though it’s not as popular as it once was. In 2020, it was the 39th most popular name for girls.

While the name Hannah has historically been used as a girl’s name, there’s no reason you can’t use it however you believe fits best for a child of any gender.

Name Variations

There are variations of the name Hannah in Hebrew, German, and Dutch.

  • Chana (Hebrew)
  • Chanah (Hebrew)
  • Hanna (Hebrew, German, and Dutch)
  • Hanne (German)

Similar Names

Other girl names from the old testament include:

  • Abigail
  • Eve
  • Delilah
  • Dinah
  • Leah
  • Michal
  • Rebekah
  • Ruth
  • Tamar

Other girls names that start with H include:

  • Hadley
  • Harper
  • Havana
  • Hayley
  • Hazel
  • Hennessy
  • Hope

Suggested Sibling Names

Some names that pair well with Hannah are:

  • Alex
  • Daniel
  • Henry
  • Jamie
  • Matthew
  • Noah
  • Olivia
  • Rachel
  • Sam
  • Sarah

Famous People Named Hannah

Because the name Hannah peaked in popularity in the late 90s, most famous Hannahs are from Gen Z.

  • Hannah Brown, season 15 "The Bachelorette" lead
  • Hannah Montana, fictional character portrayed by Miley Cyrus
  • Hannah Rylee, TikTok star
  • Hannah Stocking, Instagram star

More Baby Names

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By Leah Campbell
Leah Campbell is a full-time parenting and health writer and has written extensively on the topics of infertility, adoption, and parenting. She is a single mom by choice and author of the book "Single Infertile Female."