Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- German: from a pet form of the personal name
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