Hanna Family History
Hanna Name Meaning
Irish (Down and Antrim) and Scottish: from Gaelic Ó hAnnaigh ‘descendant of Annach’ a personal name of uncertain origin or from Gaelic Ó hÉanna ‘descendant of Éanna’ also unexplained but well attested. See also Hannan . It has been suggested that the name may also derive from Sheanaigh a genitive case form of the Gaelic personal name Seanach but this is untenable. This was one of very few ‘Ó’ surnames to be used in Scotland a phenomenon which was confined to the Galloway and Carrick region. English: habitational name from Hannah (Lincolnshire) possibly derived from the Old English personal name Hana or Old English hana ‘cock’ + ēg ‘island’. English: sometimes in East Anglia a variant of Henney . German: from a pet form of the personal name Hans . Assyrian/Chaldean: from a short form of the personal name Yūḥannān Syriac equivalent of John . Compare Hana 2 and Hannah Jewish: from the Hebrew female Biblical personal name Ḥanna ‘grace mercy’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press