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Meaning and etymology of the name Anna
The name Anna shows up only once in the Bible. She is a prophetess in Jerusalem who testifies about the identity of the infant Jesus, together with a male prophet named Simeon. Both Simeon and Anna are well advanced in years, but of Anna we know that she a daughter of Phanuel of Asher, and that she was a widow whose marriage lasted only seven years (Luke 2:36).
The name Anna is probably the Greek version of the Hebrew name Hannah. Both come from the common Hebrew verb (hanan), meaning to be gracious or to be compassionate (Psalm 25:16, Amos 5:15, Deuteronomy 3:23). The feminine noun (hanina) means favor (Jeremiah 16:13) and the name Anna may be a contracted version of that word. But it may also be a feminized version of the noun (han), meaning favor or grace (Genesis 6:8, Proverbs 13:15).
The name Anna means Favor or Grace.
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