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The name Agnes is a female given name based on the Greek name hagne. The name was made popular by Saint Agnes of Rome, who was a well known saint. Agnes was the third most popular girl's name for almost 400 years in English-speaking areas. The name was used a lot until near the 1970s in the United States. It was especially popular between 1900 and 1920, during which time the name spent a few years on the top 50 list for feminine names. The name was used on a costly hurricane that caused over $3 billion in damage and many deaths in 1972. The name Agnes was later retired.

People named Agnes


  • Saint Agnes of Rome (291–304), Catholic martyr
  • Agnes of Assisi (1197/98–1253), one of the first abbesses of the Order of Poor Ladies
  • Agnes of Bohemia (1211–1282), Bohemian princess
  • Agnes of Montepulciano (1263–1317), Dominican prioress

Other people

  • Agnes Ayres, American silent film star
  • Agnes Baden-Powell, establisher of the Girl Guides movement
  • Agnes Macdonald (1836-1920), second wife of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada
  • Agnes Macphail, first female senator in Canada
  • Agnès Maltais (born 1956), Quebec politician
  • Agnes Moorehead, American actress
  • Agnes Le Thi Thanh, one of the Vietnamese Martyrs

Places named Agnes


  • Agnes, a Christian rock band


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