Agnes Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: AG-nis (key)

Origin of the name Agnes:

Derived from the Greek Hagnē, which is from hagnos (chaste, pure, sacred). The name was borne by a thirteen-year-old Roman martyred for her Christian beliefs during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Aggie, Annis, Inez, Nessie, Senga

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The Slavic form of Agnes is "Agnija"

Very popular currently in Sweden.

Agnes and Senga are anagrams of each other; they share they same letters. Senga is Agnes spelled backward.

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USAGE: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Ancient Greek (Latinized)

OTHER SCRIPTS: ‘Αγνη (Ancient Greek)

PRONOUNCED: AG-nis (English), AK-nəs (German), AHKH-nəs (Dutch), AHNG-nes (Swedish)

VARIANTS: Annice, Annis, Inez (English), Agneta, Agnetha (Swedish), Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe (Norwegian), Agnete, Agnetha, Agnethe (Danish), Hagne (Ancient Greek)

DIMINUTIVES: Aggie, Nancy (English), Nes, Neske (Dutch)

OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Agnesa (Albanian), Oanez (Breton), Agnès (Catalan), Agneza, Ines, Janja, Nensi (Croatian), Anežka (Czech), Age (Estonian), Aune, Iines (Finnish), Agnès, Inès (French), Ágnes, Ági (Hungarian), Aignéis, Nainsí (Irish), Agnese, Ines (Italian), Agnese, Agnija, Inese (Latvian), Nes, Neske (Limburgish), Agnė, Inesa (Lithuanian), Agnija (Macedonian), Agnieszka, Jagienka, Jagna, Jagusia (Polish), Inês (Portuguese), Agnessa (Russian), Agnija, Janja (Serbian), Agnesa, Agneša (Slovak), Ines, Neža (Slovene), Inés (Spanish), Nest, Nesta (Welsh)


POPULARITY: #17 in Denmark, #361 in England and Wales, #52 in Norway, #12 in Sweden

Personal experiences with the name Agnes

When I lived in France I knew a couple of girls named Agnes -- the French pronunciation -- AH-nyez -- sounds sounds sexy and sophisticated.

My name is Agnes, growing up I did get teased about my name, "Old Auntie Agnes, Bagnes, Anus." Nowadays when people hear my name, they say it's pretty. I like that it's not a common name. I like my nickname Ag.

Nicknames for Agnes

Aggie, Ag, Nessie,

Meanings and history of the name Agnes

From Greek, meaning "pure, holy". The Latin cognate, agnus, means "lamb".
French forms are Agnès and Ines. Scandinavian forms are Agneta, Agnetha (Swedish), and Agnete (Danish).

Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste". Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages.

Famous real-life people named Agnes

Agnes Ayres, American silent film star.
Agnes Baden-Powell, established the Girl Guides movement.
Agnes Baltsa, Greek mezzo-soprano.
Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, birth name of Mother Teresa.
Agnes Chan, pop singer and television personality from Hong Kong.
Agnes von Kurowsky, an American nurse, she was the basis of the character of "Catherine Barkley" in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.
Agnes Bruckner, American actress.
Agnes, Swedish pop singer.
Agnès Sorel, French courtesan and mistress of Charles VII, known as "the Lady of Beauty"
Agnetha (Swedish form) Fältskog, blonde singer of Swedish pop group ABBA
Agnes Moorehead, American actress.
Agnes de Mille, American dancer and choreographer.
Agnes Nestor, American labor worker and suffragist.
Agnes Bernauer, the commoner wife of Albert III, Duke of Bavaria.
Agnes Zawadzki, American figure skater
Agnes Charles Guggenheim (b. 2006), daughter of American actress Elisabeth Shue and American film and television director Davis Guggenheim
Agnes Lark Bettany (b. 2011), daughter of American actress Jennifer Connelly and English actor Paul Bettany

Agnes in song, story & screen

Agnes Grey, title character of Anne Bronte's novel "Agnes Grey"
"Agnes of God," play and movie written by John Pielmeier
"Agnes," comic strip by Tony Cochran
Agnes Hamm, character played by Judi Dench in the film "The Shipping News" based on a novel by E. Annie Proulx
Agnes Skinner, mother of Principal Skinner on The Simpsons
Agnes Wickfield, character in Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield"
Agnes, character in the novel "Girl with a Pearl Earring" written by Tracy Chevalier
"The Eve of St. Agnes," poem by John Keats
Agnes Gooch, character in Patrick Dennis' novel, "Auntie Mame" ("Agnes! You do have a bust! Where have you been keeping it?")
Agnes the Teenage Russian Spy on record Mad Twists Rock 'n' Roll

Agnes is the real name of Esmeralda in the novel 'Notre Dame de Paris' by Victor Hugo.
Agnes, a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Agnes Gru - is the youngest of the three orphan girls that Gru adopted in the movie "Despicable Me".
Agnès Oblige - One of the four main characters from the popular 3DS video game "Bravely Default".
Agnes was the name of the little orphan girl in the movie The Saint.
Agnes was Madeline's best friend in the book series and movie, Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans

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