a feminine name: dim. Aggie; equiv. Sp. Inez
Origin of AgnesFrench Agnès from Classical Latin Agnes, Hagnes from Classical Greek hagn?, feminine of hagnos, chaste
(died 304); Rom. virgin martyr: her day is Jan. 21
SaintDied c. AD 304
Roman Christian who, according to tradition, was martyred as a virgin at the age of 13. She is the patron saint of young girls.
- A female given name.
- Name of one of the four great virgin martyrs, by folk etymology associated with Latin agnus "lamb". Popular in the Middle Ages and again at the turn of the 20th century.
- In Ireland Agnes has been used as an Anglicization of Úna.
OriginSee also: Agnès
From Ancient Greek ἁγνός (agnós) (pure, chaste); ἀγνεία (agneía) (purity, chastity)