- a feminine name
- according to Christian tradition, the mother of the Virgin Mary: her day is July 26
- (born Anne Marbury) 1591?-1643; Am. religious leader, born in England: a founder of Rhode Island
- 1711-80; colonial governor of Mass. (1771-74)
- (pseud. Acton Bell) 1820-49; Eng. novelist: sister of Charlotte
- (Mrs. Arthur Bell Nicholls; pseud. Currer Bell) 1816-55; Eng. novelist: author of Jane Eyre
- (pseud. Ellis Bell) 1818-48; Eng. novelist & poet: author of Wuthering Heights: sister of Charlotte
- A female given name.
- The popularity of the name originates in the medieval cult of Saint Anne, the apocryphal mother of the Virgin Mary.
The French spelling of Ann, used interchangeably since the Middle Ages. From Vulgate Latin Anna, from Ancient Greek Ἄννα, from the Hebrew female name חַנָּה (Hannah), meaning 'grace; gracious'. Compare with John.
- (very rare) A male given name.
A shortened form of any of various Germanic masculine names which began with arn (eagle), such as Arnold.