Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON HANNA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

German

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

377

PRONUNCIATION:

HAN-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

God has favored me (with a child)

Characteristics

OF HANNA

Cooperative

Considerate

Compassionate

Nurturing

Sensitive

Patient

Loving

Kind

Gracious

Balanced

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hanna

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HANNA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Hanna

Popular Songs

ON HANNA

Hanna Hanna
a song by the China Crisis

Black Hanna
a song by Dan Treanor & Frankie Lee

Famous People

NAMED HANNA

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Hanna.

Children of Famous People

NAMED HANNA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hanna

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HANNA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hanna