Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ivanna

Ivanna is the female Russian form of Ivan. In turn, Ivan is the Russian form of John. So the English equivalent to Ivanna would be names like Joanne or Joan. All of the “John” names in their various linguistic formats owe their roots to Hebrew “Yochanan” (or the Greek “Iōannēs” and the Latin “Iohannes”) which translates to “Yahweh (God) is gracious” or “God is generous”. While the name does appear in the Old Testament in reference to one of King David’s mighty men, John/Ivan owes most of its widespread popularity to two prominent New Testament figures: John the Baptist and John the Apostle. Therefore, John has traditionally been a name of great importance since early Christianity. John the Baptist (like Jesus) was born under miraculous circumstances. The angel Gabriel appeared to his father (Zechariah) claiming that God will give his barren wife (Elizabeth) a son (John) to help prepare the way for the Messiah (Jesus). “And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and lived in the wilderness until he became manifest to Israel.” [Luke 1:80]. John the Baptist had the distinction of baptizing Jesus himself in the River Jordan. John the Apostle was a fisherman, the brother of James, and a follower of Christ. He is most known as one of the authors of the four gospels of the New Testament. John’s gospel focuses on Jesus as the “Eternal One of from heaven” and is considerably more theological and philosophical than the other three gospels. John is a name with many forms: Sean (Irish), Ian (Scottish), Giovanni (Italian), Jean (French), Juan (Spanish), Johann (German), Jan (Dutch), and Ivan (Russian). It also spurred on several female forms: Joanna, Joan (English), Giovanna (Italian), Janna (German/Scandinavian), Juana (Spanish) and last but not least Ivanna (Russian). Names developed from the original Hebrew Yochanan are among the most popular throughout the Western World. Interestingly, though, Ivanna is only rarely used among Russians. Ivana with one “n” does well in other Slavic nations (particularly Croatia and Slovenia). For instance, the Czechoslovakian-born Ivana Trump only uses one “n”.

All About the Baby Name – Ivanna

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME IVANNA

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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME IVANNA

Ivanna has only existed on the American female naming charts since 2009 and has grown in usage only modestly since then. Ivana with one “n” has been around a little bit longer but isn’t as popular in the United States. Ivanna is a pretty name with some of that Russian no-nonsense strength and confidence. It’s quite underused and definitely not trendy. In fact, we were surprised to see how little usage Ivanna has gotten in America – for some reason it feels more common and familiar.

Quick Facts

ON IVANNA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Russian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

823

PRONUNCIATION:

ee-VA-nah; i-VA-nah

SIMPLE MEANING:

God is gracious

Characteristics

OF IVANNA

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ivanna

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME IVANNA

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Famous People

NAMED IVANNA

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NAMED IVANNA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME IVANNA

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