Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 7 - St. Anne's Day Soiree VIP Book Launch Party

Hi Anne Fans!

We are closing in on the end of our lead-up to the big event, St. Anne's Day, on July 26, when the celebration really begins.

Today, we are going to concentrate on the name Anne.    

The name Anne is Hebrew for "grace" or "favor."  It is derived from the name Hannah and has been popular for centuries. 

According to the website ThinkBabyNames.com, there are nearly 100 variations on the name from around the world.

Aine, Ana, Anabel, Anci, Anechka, Anelie, Anet, Anett, Anette, Anh, Ania, Anica, Anika, Aniko, Anissa, Anita, Anitra, Anjanette, Anka, Anke, Anki, Anne, Anna, Annabel, Annabella, Annabelle, Annaelle, Annalisa, Anneke, Annelle, Annelore, Annetta, Annette, Anni, Annice, Annick, Annie, Annimae, Annina, Annis, Annise, Annora, Annus, Annuska, Anny, Anona, Anouche, Anouk, Anoushka, Anouska, Antje, Anushka, Anuska, Anya, Anyoushka, Anyshka, Anyu, Asya, Ayn, Hajna, Hana, Hanja, Hanka, Hanny, Nan, Nana, Nance, Nancee, Nancey, Nanci, Nancie, Nancy, Nanete, Nanette, Nanette, Nanice, Nanine, Nanni, Nannie, Nanny, Nanon, Nanor, Neti, Nettia, Nettie, Netty, Nina, Ninette, Ninon, Ninor, Ninoshka, Nita, Nona, Nonie, Oni and Onie.

From 1900 to 1970, it was consistently ranked in the top 100 for girls' names.  In 2011, it was ranked the 593rd most popular name.

How many people do you know named Anne?   I think today it is more popular as a middle name.  Off hand, I can think of Lily Tomlin's Edith Anne & The Beach Boys' song Barbara Anne

They have a variation that is a blend of Anne and Janice--Annice. 

Can you think up a new variant?  If you do, maybe we can tweet it so that the people in Hollywood might see it and stop naming their babies such strange names!

Don't forget to enter the SWEEPSTAKES before it is too late!

P.S. Did you see that the British Open was held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on the West Coast of England?

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