National Hannah Day falls on September 21 to celebrate and honor everyone around the world named Hannah, famous or not. This name has long been an international classic, both traditional and solid. This beautiful, feminine, and very European name is sophisticated and poised.
History of National Hannah Day
Hannah is a feminine first name of Hebrew origin. It comes from a Hebrew word that means ‘favor,’ ‘grace,’ or ‘beautiful.’ The name Hannah also means ‘favored with a child,’ which is directly related to its biblical meaning. The story of Hannah and her son Samuel is prominent in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The name Hannah was mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, specifically the First Book of Samuel, where Hannah is said to be one of the wives of Elkanah and the mother of the prophet Samuel.
The story revolved around Hannah, the wife of Elkanah. Elkanah loved his wife very much, which is said to be the reason that God “closed her womb.” Hannah was one of the two wives of Elkanah. Hannah was Elkanah’s primary wife and he loved her greatly but he married Peninnah to be able to have children. Hannah prayed to God and began weeping, asking for a son. She vowed that if God gave her a son, she would give the son back to serve God. Hannah then bore a son, Samuel, who became a prophet. Samuel was born around 1070 B.C. Samuel was known for being a biblical judge that advised the nation as a whole and privately to individuals who sought his wisdom as he was able to communicate directly with God to help others.
From the name Hannah, the Latin variation Anna (sometimes used as Ana or Anne) was adopted and is wildly common across the world. The English spelling of the name was Ann. Saint Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary, making this another great choice for those wanting a biblical name.
National Hannah Day timeline
Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery, inherits her father’s fortune and becomes the richest woman in Britain.
The influential political philosopher and Holocaust survivor, Hannah Arendt, is born.
Hannah Wilke’s unique and controversial feminist art begins gaining attention.
(Hannah) Dakota Fanning stars in her most well-known role in “Uptown Girls.”
National Hannah Day FAQs
What is another variation of Hannah?
The spelling of Hana is common in Hebrew, Hawaiian, Maori, and Japanese.
What is a good nickname for Hannah?
Anna, Ann, Annie, and Han are all possible nicknames.
How popular is the name Hannah?
Hannah was the 39th most popular girl name in 2020.
National Hannah Day Activities
Celebrate a Hannah
This name became so popular in the late ‘90s and 2000s that there must be someone you know called Hannah. Take the day to spend time with them to let them know you appreciate them.
Read up on a Hannah
There have been many great Hannahs in history all over the world. Celebrate this holiday by reading more about their achievements.
Share your favorite Hannah
Make a post on social media about your favorite Hannah and her works and accomplishments to make her known to the world. It’s a gesture that will surely be appreciated.
5 Interesting Facts About A Famous Hannah
The greatest Hannah survived the Holocaust
The greatest Hannah is undoubtedly Hannah Goslar who helped Anne Frank by risking her own life to throw her bread and socks over a barbed-wire fence every night.
Hannah Van Buren
The eighth U.S. President, Martin Van Buren, married his childhood sweetheart Hannah Van Buren and had she not died of tuberculosis, she would have been the first First Lady born in the U.S.
Hannah Höch was an extraordinary artist
The German Dada artist Hannah Höch made incredible feminist pieces, with her focus being on making androgynous pieces that change gender roles and incite political discourse.
Hannah Szenes was a national hero
Hannah Szenes aided in the parachutists’ mission which sent Jewish parachutists to assist Jews and allies.
Hannah Kearney won a gold medal
Hannah Kearney is a mogul skier who competed in the Winter Olympics three times and won a gold medal in 2010.
Why We Love National Hannah Day
It’s a great name
Hannah is one of those names that no one questions. It may not be unique, but this old-faithful will always be in the top 100 list. It simply never gets old.
There are many influential Hannahs
There have been a plethora of incredible Hannahs throughout the world. This name is bound to influence any little Hannahs out there.
It never gets old
This classic name is regal and never boring. It was in the top five from 2000 to 2004 and was in the top 35 long after that. Even with all the new and trendy names out there, Hannah has remained in the top 60.
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