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Hanna : 1: 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.2: English: habitational name from Hannah (Lincolnshire) possibly derived from the Old English personal name Hana or Old English hana ‘cock’ + ēg ‘island’.3: English: sometimes in East Anglia a variant of Henney.4: German: from a pet form of the personal name Hans.5: Assyrian/Chaldean: from a short form of the personal name Yūḥannān Syriac equivalent of John. Compare Hana 2 and Hannah 2.6: Jewish: from the Hebrew female Biblical personal name Ḥanna ‘grace mercy’.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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