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Hanna Name Meaning

Irish (especially northeastern Ulster): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAnnaigh ‘descendant of Annach’, a byname of uncertain meaning. English: from the medieval female personal name Hannah or Anna, ultimately from Hebrew Chana ‘He (God) has favored me’ (i.e. with a child). The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of Samuel (1 Samuel 1: 1–28), and there is a tradition (unsupported by Biblical evidence) that it was the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary; this St. Anne was a popular figure in medieval art and legend. Scottish: variant of Hannay. German: from a pet form of the personal name Hans.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hannan, Hann, Anna, Nanna, Manna, Hanno, Hanka, Danna, Hanni, Sanna

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Where is the Hanna family from?

You can see how Hanna families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hanna family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hanna families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 64 Hanna families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 19% of all the recorded Hanna's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hanna families in 1840.
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What did your Hanna ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hanna. 16% of Hanna men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Hanna women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hanna were Clerk and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Hanna. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Hanna. For the veterans among your Hanna ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hanna lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hanna life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hanna in 1940 was 61, and 72 in 2004.

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