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Anna Name Meaning

German (mainly Saarland) French (from Alsace and Lorraine of German origin) Slovak and Hungarian: from the female personal name Anna which comes through Latin and Greek from the Biblical Hebrew name Ḥanna meaning literally ‘grace mercy’ but interpreted as ‘He (God) has favored me (with a child)’. The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of Samuel (1 Samuel 1–28) and there is a tradition (unsupported by Biblical evidence) that it was the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary; this Saint Anne was a popular figure in medieval art and legend.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hanna, Anda, Sanna, Danna, Nanna, Manna, Annis, Rana, Mina, Ann

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Where is the Anna family from?

You can see how Anna families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Anna family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Anna families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Anna family living in Maryland. This was about 33% of all the recorded Anna's in USA. Maryland and 2 other states had the highest population of Anna families in 1840.
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What did your Anna ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Anna. 17% of Anna men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Anna women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anna were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Anna. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Anna. For the veterans among your Anna ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Anna lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Anna life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Anna in 1960 was 56, and 63 in 2004.

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