National Anne Day is celebrated on August 8 every year. Anne is a female given name. Sometimes spelled as Ann, it is the anglicized version of the Latin Anna, derived from the Hebrew Hannah, meaning ‘favor’ or ‘grace.’ In a very few instances, Anne is a masculine name in nations like the Netherlands since names ending in ‘-arn’ denote ‘eagle’ in Germanic cultures and languages.
History of National Anne Day
Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, who wrote the well-known “Diary of Anne Frank,” is a symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust. Her detailed documentation of her life in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands gave us all a glimpse into what it must have been like to live under such an oppressive fascist regime.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1929, Frank and her family relocated to Amsterdam after the Nazi Party took control of their home country. Persecution of Jews in Amsterdam drove the family to seek refuge in concealed rooms in their home, where they hid for two years until their arrest by the Gestapo in 1944. Frank and her sister Margot tragically died at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, but their life story and harrowing experiences live on in “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Anne Rice, a writer of fantasy books, is credited with popularizing vampires. While still mourning the loss of her child, Rice wrote the bestselling book “Interview with the Vampire,” which launched her career overnight. Her book sold more than eight million copies worldwide and gave rise to a genre of attractive vampires on both the big and small screens, coming in second only to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Rice wrote over 30 books, and some of her best-known works include “The Witching Hour,” “Exit to Eden,” and “The Feast of All Saints,” demonstrating that she wasn’t dependent on vampire fiction to produce bestsellers. After selling around 100 million copies of her books, Rice passed away in December 2021, cementing her status as one of fantasy’s finest authors.
National Anne Day timeline
Anne Frank’s diary is published.
Anne Rice publishes her cult-classic vampire novel.
Anne Hathaway gets her big breakthrough in “The Princess Diaries.”
Anne Hidalgo becomes the first woman to serve as Mayor of Paris.
National Anne Day FAQs
Is Ann or Anne any different?
Both names have the same meaning and only differ in spelling.
Is Anne a popular name?
Anne is among the most common choices for girls’ names.
Is Ann an old name?
The name Ann has ancient origins.
National Anne Day Activities
Read a novel
Rice's novels never fail to entertain. She’s the reason vampires went from terrifying blood-suckers to tragic fantasy heart-throbs.
Honor the saint
Saint Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary. She is seen as the maritime patron saint. Pay your respects by lighting a candle in front of her icon on National Anne Day.
Host a movie marathon
Sit back and watch some Anne Hathaway films. Drink to this actress’ amazing talent.
5 Interesting Facts About Famous Annes
Queen for 1,000 days
Anne Boleyn was Queen of England for approximately 1,000 days before her execution.
The diary was a gift
Anne Frank’s infamous diary was her 13th birthday present.
An ironic twist
Actress Anne Hathaway is allergic to cats; ironic considering she played Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Social media influencing done right
Journalist Ann Curry used Twitter to appeal for aid in Haiti, an appeal credited with speeding up the arrival of relief efforts and humanitarian planes to the nation.
Anne isn’t her real name
Author Anne Rice was born Frances Howard O’Brien.
Why We Love National Anne Day
It’s a classic name
Anne is a vintage name. You just can’t go wrong with this one.
It’s got many variants
Anne is a name with many variants. There’s the original Hannah, the French Anna, and the shortened Ann. Celebrate the variety on National Anne Day.
It’s got historical significance
The name is worthy of attention for its historical significance alone. Its spiritual and political importance can’t be overlooked. Anne has many fascinating stories behind it.
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