Names of the Orphans from Annie


A “hard knock life” is so much sweeter with a great name!

Annie is a beloved musical that opened on Broadway in 1977. There have been many stage, film, and TV adaptations of this heart-warming rags to riches story. As a child watching the 1982 film version I used to pretend I was one of the orphans in the movie. Sometimes I was Pepper, but usually I was Molly. The spunky, sweet orphans in Annie have some really sweet names, let’s check them out!

Annie – We have to start with the adorable, red-haired, title character, Annie. Annie is an English name meaning grace. Annie is a diminutive of Ann, though today Annie is number 311 as a given name. Other famous Annie’s include Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Oakley), Annie Lennox, and Annie Leibovitz.

Molly – Molly was Annie’s best friend and the youngest of the orphans. Molly is a diminutive of the name Mary, meaning bitter. Most popular in 1991, Molly is currently number 122. Other notable Molly’s include Molly Ringwald, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (Margaret “Molly” Brown), and Molly Weasley.

Kate – Kate is sweet, shy, and the quietest orphan. Kate is a timeless, crisp, classic name. A diminutive of Katherine, meaning pure, Kate is currently number 207. A few great Kate’s include Kate Winslet, Kate Middleton (Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), and Kate Spade.

Tessie – Tessie is easily moved to tears, and often repeats her tag line, “Oh my goodness.” Tessie is an English diminutive of Theresa, meaning to reap or to harvest. I love Tessie as a nickname for Tessa. A few famous women that share this name are Tessie Santiago, Tess Durbeyfield, and Tess Harper.

Pepper – Pepper was the bossy, no-nonsense orphan that sometimes clashed with Annie. Pepper is a spice name that was only ranked in the Top 1,000 for one year. In 1975 Pepper came in at number 956. Other fictional characters named Pepper include Pepper Potts, Pepper Anderson, and Pepper Ann.

July – July is a quiet, nurturing orphan who acts as a mother figure. April, May, and June have long been used as names, how about July? Other namesakes of this month name include July Burkovska and July Johnson.

Duffy – Duffy is the eldest orphan in the bunch and a good friend to all. Duffy is an Old Irish surname meaning dark. Like many of these names, Duffy may work best as a nickname. Duffy shares her name with singer Duffy, Patrick Duffy, and Hugh Duffy.

Who was your favorite Orphan in Annie? Vote below on your favorite name!

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