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Anna

Origin: Russian Federation
gender-female
Region Origin: Eastern Europe

The name Anna is a feminine given name originating from the Latin form of the Greek name Ἄννα and the Hebrew name Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה, romanized: Ḥannāh), meaning "favour" or "grace" or "beautiful". In Hebrew, the name Anna translates to "he [God] has favored me". The name has been widely used across countries and has various variant forms, such as Ana, Anne, and Annie. The name Anna has a long history, appearing in the Hebrew Bible as the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary. It gained popularity in the Byzantine Empire from an early date and became common among Western Christians due to the veneration of Saint Anna. The name has also been associated with notable figures, such as Empress Anna of Russia and the main character in Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina". Today, the name Anna remains a popular choice for girls and has been embraced by Christians for its association with the biblical figure Hannah.

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