Anna

Meaning of the name Anna. Listen and learn how to pronounce Anna so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Ancient Irish name from the noun aine that means “splendor, radiance, brilliance.” Aine is connected with fruitfulness and prosperity. The queen of the Munster fairies was called Aine as was one of the wives of Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend). Aine appears in folktales as “the best-hearted woman who ever lived – lucky in love and in money.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Anna Aine

PRONUNCIATION: awn + ye”

ENGLISH: Anna

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Anna and read along with the meaning)

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The name could come from "passionate, vehement" or from nel"a cloud." Niall of the Nine Hostages (read the legend) was a fourth-century king of Tara who gained the throne because of a test – he and his brothers had to enter the forest and find their own food and shelter. As time wore on they grew thirsty and approached a well guarded by a hideously ugly woman. Before she would allow them to have a drink she asked for a kiss. Only Niall agreed and when he had kissed her she was transformed into the most beautiful woman on earth and in turn she granted him sovereignty of Erin.