Hannah (given name)

Hannah (given name)

Hannah is a personal name, also spelt Hanna or Hana, deriving from the Hebrew language חַנָּה (Channah), meaning "He (God) has favoured me/favours me (i.e. with a child)." The name is biblical as it is the name of the mother of the prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 1:2), and their associated story is how the name gets its meaning. The 'Hannah' spelling of the name was taken up as a given name by the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries and has always been a common Jewish name. Hanna is also a surname; see Hannah (surname). Ann (and Anne, Anna etc) are derived from Hannah.

With the given name Hannah:

With the given name Hanna:

Fictional characters:

  • Hannah Abbott, character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Hannah Ashworth, character portrayed by Emma Rigby on the English soap opera Hollyoaks
  • Hannah Martin, character portrayed by Rebecca Ritters on the Australian soap opera Neighbours
  • Hannah Montana, alter ego of Miley Cyrus' character in the television show of the same name

Biblical characters:

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