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Origin and Meaning of An

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  • A submission from California, United States says the name An means "When the name/word Binh is in front of it, it means peace.".
  • According to a user from Vietnam, the name An means "Safe".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
This word is properly an adjective, but is commonly called the indefinite article. It is used before nouns of the singular number only, and signifies one, or any, but somewhat less emphatically. In such expressions as “twice an hour,” “once an age,” a shilling an ounce (see 2d A, 2), it has a distributive force, and is equivalent to each every.

Note: An is used before a word beginning with a vowel sound; as, an enemy, an hour. It in also often used before h sounded, when the accent of the word falls on the second syllable; as, an historian, an hyena, an heroic deed. Many writers use a before h in such positions. Anciently an was used before consonants as well as vowels.

Etymology: AS. ān one, the same word as the numeral. See One, and cf. A

conjunction An
If; -- a word used by old English authors.

Etymology: Shortened fr. and, OE. an., and, sometimes and if, in introducing conditional clauses, like Icel. enda if, the same word as and. Prob. and was originally pleonastic before the conditional clause

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An associate degree in nursing
  1. Alternative form of Anu

An was also found in the following language(s): Vietnamese

Notable Persons Named An

Tony An is a k-pop, rhythm, blues, and dance music singing. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Tony was given the name An Seung-ho on June 7th, 1978. Tony is also known as Tony.


An Lushan was royalty. He holds the title Emperor of Yan and Emperor ofYan. His most notable accomplishments were from 756 to 757. He breathed his last breath on January 29th, 0757.


An Wang was a scientist in the field of magnetic-core memory. An was born on February 7th, 1920 in Shanghai. He died on March 24th, 1990.


An was born on September 17th, 1991 in Seoul.


An Ye-seul is a k-pop and contemporary r&b musician. She has been prominent since 2012. An was born on October 28th, 1995.


An Dương Vương is royalty. They were most prominent from -257 to -207.


Notable Persons With the Last Name An

Tony An is a k-pop, rhythm, blues, and dance music singing. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Tony was given the name An Seung-ho on June 7th, 1978. Tony is also known as Tony.


Sol Bi is a k-pop singing, actor, and entertainment. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Sol was given the name Kwon Ji An on September 30th, 1984. Sol is also known as 권선미, Kwon Seon Mi, and Sol Bi.


She has been prominent since 2001. Ady is also known as Audrey "Ady" An.


Oon Shu An is an actress / webshow host, actress / webshow host (tried, and tested). Her most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Oon was born Oon Shu An on August 5th, 1986 in Singapore. Oon is also known as Shu An.


Amber An is a model, singer, and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Amber was given the name Liao Ching-ling on September 18th, 1985 in Taichung.


He has had major accomplishments since 1989.


How popular is the baby name An in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1946 6 6 0
1951 6 6 0
1955 7 7 0
1957 10 10 0
1958 5 5 0
1959 8 8 0
1960 6 6 0
1969 5 5 0
1975 19 12 7
1976 17 9 8
1977 16 8 8
1978 17 9 8
1979 23 8 15
1980 25 10 15
1981 32 16 16
1982 39 15 24
1983 47 22 25
1984 48 23 25
1985 52 23 29
1986 42 19 23
1987 49 24 25
1988 46 21 25
1989 47 26 21
1990 39 18 21
1991 55 31 24
1992 59 31 28
1993 51 28 23
1994 50 21 29
1995 43 20 23
1996 46 22 24
1997 52 20 32
1998 51 22 29
1999 49 33 16
2000 48 24 24
2001 41 24 17
2002 45 21 24
2003 56 30 26
2004 58 37 21
2005 55 29 26
2006 40 23 17
2007 58 32 26
2008 47 29 18
2009 45 29 16
2010 63 47 16
2011 51 28 23
2012 47 30 17
2013 59 33 26
2014 65 33 32
2015 71 47 24
2016 73 46 27
2017 59 30 29
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of An as a last name

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Common last names for An

  • Nguyen
  • Tran
  • Pham
  • Le
  • Huynh
  • Lam
  • Hoang
  • Ngo

Common first names for An

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity An U.S.
  White 3.37% 64.26%
  African American 0.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 92.99% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.27% 16.26%

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People with the last name An are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name An

  • How Popular is the name An? An is the 6,680th most popular name of all time. As a last name An was the 4,353rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name An have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,048 babies born with the first name An in the United States. That's more than enough people named An to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named An? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1946 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was An first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name An is Monday, November 21st, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named An born? The highest recorded use of the first name An was in 2010 with a total of 47 babies.
  • Random An Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name An is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name An: Your name in reverse order is Na. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give An. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name An? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,160 people with the last name An.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of An? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have An as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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