|History of name:
Doesn't directly appear in the Christian Bible but tradition names Ann as the mother of the Virgin Mary. The canonical books of the New Testament never mention the parents of the Virgin Mary, but beliefs or traditions about her family developed very early in the history of the church. The most influential source for these is the apocryphal Protevangelium of James, first written in Greek around the middle of the second century. A number of doubts surround these writings and it was accused of "absurdities" by St. Jerome and condemned as untrustworthy by Popes Damasus I, Innocent I, and Gelasius.