Name Origin: Greek
Name Gender: Female
fem. appropriate title, mid-12c., from Old French Agnes, from Greek Hagne "pure, chaste," from fem. of hagnos "holy," from PIE *yag- "to worship, reverence" (see hagiology). St. Agnes, martyred 303 C.E., is patron saint of girls, thus the people connection of St. Agnes' Eve (Jan. 20-21) with love divinations. In center English, regularly phonetically as Annis, Annys. In U.S., among the list of top 50 names for girls born between 1887 and 1919.
She has been made the heroine of a tragedy by Francois Ponsard, Agnes de 161eranie.