The name "Anne"
My name is written Anne, and pronounced /'ɑ.nə/.
This name is one of the most popular gender-neutral names in the Netherlands (depending on how you count popularity),
and has two origins: as a male given name, it derives via Frisian from the Germanic word arn, meaning "eagle".
As a female given name, it descends via Latin from the Hebrew name חַנָּה, meaning "grace".
Some pronunciation tips:
- Pronouncing "Anne" as it is written is a good approximation for speakers of Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Bengali, Portugese (especially European), Russian, Japanese, Punjabi, Marathi and Modern Standard Arabic. (With typical transcriptions where applicable.)
- For speakers of English, the sounds are those of palm (but shorter), nigh and comma.
- For speakers of Hindi, the Devanagari characters "ऑ न अ" should correspond to each sound (but I cannot confirm as I cannot read Devanagari).
- If you know how to pronounce those: say an open (back) vowel, an alveolar nasal and a (rounded) mid vowel.