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Anne
Gender Female
Language(s) English, French
Origin
Meaning Favored, Grace

Anne, alternatively spelled Ann, is a form of the Latin female given name Anna. This in turn is a representation of the Hebrew Hannah, which means 'favour' or 'grace.'

Anne is sometimes used as a male name in the Netherlands, particularly in the Frisian speaking part (for example, author Anne de Vries). In this incarnation, it is related to Germanic arn-names and means 'eagle'. It has also been used for males in France (Anne de Montmorency) and Scotland (Lord Anne Hamilton).

In the UK Anne was traditionally the Royal spelling and Ann was for commoners. This has largely fallen out of use.

Fictional characters

Ships

  • Anne (1623 New World voyage)
  • Anne (1799 ship)
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