Anaïs (given name)

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Statue of Anahita in Maragha.jpg
Sculpture of Anahita or Anaïs, the Persian goddess of waters and love, in Maragheh, Iran
Other names
Alternative spellingAnaís, Anais, Annais, Anaïse
Variant form(s)Anaise, Anaisa, Anaiss, Anays, Anayss, Naïs, Ani

Anaïs, Anaís or Anais, (French pronunciation: ​[anaˈis]), is a female given name. It is widely thought to be a French Provençal and Catalan version of Anna. Some suggest it is derived from Anahita, the name of the Persian goddess of fertility and healing.[1]

Since about 1980, the name Anaïs has been especially popular in France, perhaps due to the popularity of the Cacharel perfume "Anaïs Anaïs". There is no account of the name in France before the late eighteenth century, when it is traceable in Provence and Catalonia. The diminutive form Naïs was also used in a novel by Marcel Pagnol.

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  • Anaïs (singer) (born 1965), 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 (born 1981), American singer-songwriter and musician
  • Anaïs Perrière-Pilte (1836–1878), French composer
  • Anaís Vivas (born 1989), Venezuelan singer

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