Nan: baby girl name meaning and popularity


A diminutive of Ann, meaning "grace." And how Nan comes from Ann is a history lesson: in medieval times, saying "mine" before a person's name - i.e., "mine Ann" - was a term of endearment. So "mine Ann" became "my Nan," and voila ... the name Nan became a thing.



Famous people named Nan:

Actresses Nan Martin and Nan Woods; U.S. Congresswomen Nan Sutter Hayworth and Nan Wood Honeyman; author Nan Robertson; opera singer Nan Merriman.

Fun fact:

Nan has an old-fashioned ring to it, but can be found in many contemporary hit TV shows, including "True Blood," "Game of Thrones," and "American Horror Story: Coven."

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