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Gender Female
Language(s) French
Meaning Gracious / Merciful
Other names
Alternative spelling Anaís, Anais, Annais, Anaïse
Variant form(s) Anaise, Anaiss, Anays, Anayss, Naïs
Sculpture of Anahita or Anaïs, the Persian Goddess of Waters as well as Love in Maragheh, Iran.

Anaïs, Anaís or Anais, (ah-NAH-iss), is a female given name derived from the Persian goddess of love, Anahita. Other variants of the Old Persian Anāhitā or Anāhīd are the New Persian Nāhīd, the Armenian Anahit and the Greek Anaitis or Anaïtis. The common name Ana or Anne is an abbreviation of the Greek variant Anaitis.[1] Others have suggested that Anaïs is derived from Provençal and Catalan name Anne.[citation needed] But this suggestion is not convincing since Anne itself seems to be an abbreviation of a longer name (e.g. the more ancient Anaïs) not the other way around.

Since about 1985, the name Anaïs is especially popular in France. There is no account of the name in France before the middle of the nineteenth century, when it is traceable in Provence and Catalonia. The diminutive form Naïs was also used in a novel by Marcel Pagnol.

Anaïs, Anaís or Anais can refer to:


  • Anaïs (singer), real name Régine Hantelle, a French female singer, also part of duo Alice et Anaïs and the duo Anaïs et Didier Barbelivien
  • Anaís (born 1984), Dominican Latin pop singer, winner of the second season of Objetivo Fama
  • Anaïs Croze (born 1976), French singer, known as just Anaïs
  • Anaïs Lameche (born 1987), Swedish singer
  • Anaïs Mitchell, American singer-songwriter
  • Anaïs Perrière-Pilte (1836 – 1878), French composer
Actors / directors
Fictional characters


  • Anaïs Anaïs, a perfume by the brand Cacharel that was launched in 1978


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